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Velocipede or Boneshaker

Period:
19th Century
Description:
This machine is thought to have been made by Robert Hannah, carpenter in Newton Stewart.  The Boneshaker originated in Paris and was popular in this country between 1868-70.  The average machine could reach a speed of around 8 miles (13km) per hour.  Mounting the Boneshaker involved running alongside and vaulting into the saddle.  The curved leg-rests which project over the front wheel are used when coasting downhill.
Materials/Media:
wood, iron
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Digital Number:
SRTR001a-c
Creation Date:
1870
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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