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    Posted 4 years ago

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    My most recent barn-find, first thought to be a 42" high 'penny-farthing, but appears to my untrained eye to be earlier?
    Maybe a 'boneshaker' but seems too big for a child, and too small for an adult?
    Blacksmith made, iron tires on wooden fellows.
    The spokes seem to be hand-forged.

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    1. ralph ralph, 4 years ago
      I have one very simular but I think it is a kids.
    2. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
      I hope you find evidence to prove me wrong because it would be awesome to own an original. But, This looks like a 1970 - 80's fantasy item. The manufacture of this one is the same as the small decor trikes that have been made for several years.
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Agree with aztom-- this is a modern fantasy piece and not a true antique.

      These have been around the antique markets for the last 20- 30 years. They are nice decorator pieces, but unfortunately are often sold as authentic antiques to unsuspecting collectors at what would be a bargain for a true antique (and too high for what they really are).

    4. JimDandy, 4 years ago
      Thanks guys.
      I didn't cost a whole lot and got no real history with it.
      Still, it has that authentic 'feel' about it.
    5. AzTom AzTom, 4 years ago
      JimDandy, Glad to hear you weren't burnt on it. Every now and then you see someone asking a few thousand dollars for one of these.

      They do make a great display item.
    6. JimDandy, 4 years ago
      I'm bringing the bike to a private transport museum owner to have it appraised and hope to have a result soon.
      Thanks again for all the replies.
    7. JimDandy, 4 years ago
      I had this 'bike' examined yesterday at the private Museum.
      Yes, they said, 'it's the real deal.'
      'Not factory made, not for a child, but built for a lady by a craftsman in the early 1870s.'
      Happy Days !

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