Smith tricycle, ca. 1880

The H. B. Smith Machine Co., of Smithville, New Jersey was well-known as the manufacturer of Star bicycles, and apparently offered tricycles such as this one during 1887 and 1888. The wheel size of this one seems to date this tricycle to 1888. According to the donor, Robert Atwater Smith, this vehicle was called the American Lever tricycle, yet there is no evidence in any of the Smith catalogs to substantiate this statement. This tricycle was donated to the Smithsonian in 1901.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1880
H. B. Smith Machine Co.
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
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catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Atwater Smith
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Data Source
National Museum of American History