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(CSTM 2004.0023)

The Albany cutter, one of the most elegant winter horse–drawn vehicles ever designed, was a passenger vehicle for the well–to–do. Named after the New York state city where it was designed, in about 1815, the original design was subsequently modified many times by both American and Canadian carriage makers. Its rounded shape required a high level of craftsmanship. Recently, the Canada Science and Technology Museum acquired an excellent specimen (2004.0023*) in its original condition. The examination and study of both the physical and historical aspects of this specimen was enlightening, since few studies in this field have been done in Canada.

* The numbers in parentheses are the accession numbers of artifacts held by the Museum.

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