Tricycle, Patent Model

Description
Francis Fowler of New Haven, Connecticut, submitted this model with his patent for a tricycle equipped with a ratchet connection in the hub of each driving wheel. The patent was issued patent number 224,165 on February 3, 1880. The allowed the outer of the two driving wheels to rotate freely on the crankshaft when the machine was making a sharp turn, thus d the function of a modern automobile differential unit. This model of the Fowler tricycle was transferred from the U.S. Patent Office to the Smithsonian in 1926. It is not known that this tricycle was ever manufactured.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1880
patent date
1880-02-03
patentee
Fowler, Francis
inventor
Fowler, Francis
associated place
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 11 in x 11 in; 25.4 cm x 27.94 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
TR.309257
catalog number
309257
accession number
89797
patent number
224,165
subject
Patent Models
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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