1879 High Wheel Bicycle Culture: American Turned wood hand grips, leather seat covering, and rubber tires and peddle rests. Mounted to be freestanding as a sculpture on a black metal base. The bicycle is accompanied by a book The American Bicycler by Charles E. Pratt issued by The Pope Manufacturing Co, Boston, Mass. printed in 1879 and picturing a similar bike. A metal tag near the handlebars lists patents from 1864 to 1878.