This harness tree is constructed entirely of metal, and it will operate equally easy on any horse. It is durable, neat, and plain, and can be furnished cheaper than the adjusting trees now in use. Our engravings illustrate the invention very fully, Fig. 1 being a perspective view of the whole, when put together. A represents the tree, having terrets, B, a rein hook, C, and crupper loop, a. On each end of A is cast a hook, e, seen in Fig. 4, which hooks over a cross bar, y, cast above a hole in the pad, D, Fig. 3, that has loops, d, to support the tugs. A nut, Fig. 2, having a projection, g, secures the terret to the tree, and in the space left in the hollow of this projection and the space under the hook, e, the cross bar, f, works—as seen in Fig. 5. It will be observed, from this arrangement of the parts, that the pads must fit the back of any horse, as they have free play, and the weight of the shafts and tree is always properly distributed over the horse's back. The inventors are F. B. Kuchnhold and D. B. Sturges, of Newark, N. J., where they may be addressed, at the Hedenberg Works, for further information. It was patented February 16, 1858.
This article was originally published with the title "Improvement in Harness Trees" in Scientific American 13, 46, 368 (July 1858)