Cape Cart (Rutherford Pole Sulky)

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Description
(Or pole sulky). 2 wheeled. Heavier than conventional sulky, for 2 horses.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Horse sulky
Measurements
L1,828 x W1,828 x H3,048
History and use
The Cape Cart has a pole to harness two horses, which is unusual for sulkies in Australia. The syle originated in South Africa where, like Australia, journeys could be over long distances.The cross bar at the end of the pole which attaches to the horse collars is found more commonly on American vehicles.

The cart was believed to have been manufactured in the Cobb & Co. factory in Charleville and used by James Rutherford, the managing director of the company, to inspect the company’s Queensland operations.
(Bolton Collection)
Registration number
H14816

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