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 twenty dollar 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