Peter Kimball and his sons—notably Charles Porter Kimball of Portland, Maine—developed the Portland cutter, which was probably the most popular one-horse open sleigh in the mid-1800s. Fancy cutters trimmed with silk and silver cost about one hundred and fifty dollars. By 1910 plain cutters were available in the $20 range. During the holiday season, the Museum’s Portland Cutter is decorated with bows and filled with brightly wrapped presents, a celebratory look befitting the sleigh’s wonderful character.
Accession no. 1992G2