Vintage American wooden sledge with red metal runners. All original wood and steel. This is a Speedaway and has red graphics on the seat and steering. The steering mechanism works well, with a piece of rope to steer with and to hold on to. Underneath the sledge is stamped with the makers mark Paris MFG Co., South Paris, ME, USA, No. 854, and Eastern Toy & Novelty Inc.
Paris Manufacturing Co. was founded by Henry Morton in 1861 in Paris, Maine. It was best known for making sleds and skis, but the company also made desks and other unique furnishings. This sled dates back to the 1960’s or 60’s and is in excellent condition for its age. There is a bit of corrosion showing through where the paint has worn away. Please see images.
The practical use of sleds is ancient and widespread. They were developed in areas with consistent winter snow cover, as vehicles to transport materials and/or people, far more efficiently than wheeled vehicles could in icy and snowy conditions. Early designs included hand-pulled sizes as well as larger dog, horse, or ox drawn versions. There are five types of sleds commonly used recreationally today: runner sleds, toboggans, disks, tubes and backcountry sleds. This is a runner sled.
Product Code: 51219/SC
Styling: Perfect for Christmas displays, hung on the wall of a man cave or workshop as a statement piece, or even to use for sledging!