Ten-Person Oriten Bicycle, 1896

Summary

Charles Metz of Waltham, Massachusetts, built the Orient Oriten in 1896 as a way to promote his Orient line of bicycles. Metz featured this 23-foot-long, 305-pound ten-seater at local bicycle meets and races throughout the country. The vehicle, though difficult to ride, could reach speeds of 45 mile per hour. The Henry Ford owns the only surviving Oriten.

Charles Metz of Waltham, Massachusetts, built the Orient Oriten in 1896 as a way to promote his Orient line of bicycles. Metz featured this 23-foot-long, 305-pound ten-seater at local bicycle meets and races throughout the country. The vehicle, though difficult to ride, could reach speeds of 45 mile per hour. The Henry Ford owns the only surviving Oriten.

Artifact

Bicycle

Date Made

1896

Creators

Metz, Charles, 1863-1937 

Waltham Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Massachusetts, Waltham 

Creator Notes

Designed by Charles Metz and manufactured by the Waltham Manufacturing Company in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Keywords

Bicycles 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

34.179.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Harry K. Noyes.

Material

Metal
Nickel (Metal)
Rubber (Material)
Leather

Color

Black (Color)
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 42.5 in

Width: 36 in

Length: 286.75 in

Wheelbase: 260.25 in

Inscriptions

Metal insignia on front: WALTHAM MFG. CO. / WALTHAM, MASS

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