This image shows one pair of repainted shafts, in the Campbell Carriage Factory, for attaching a single horse to a carriage.

A pair of shafts was used to attach the horse to its carriage. You can see from the "exploding" animation where they attached to the carriage. A single horse would then be backed between the two shafts and attached with various pieces of harness. Two horses would require a different sort of attachment -- a single pole -- which would reach from the carriage between the team. Notice that these shafts have quite a bend in one end. This required the wooden piece to be steamed and then carefully bent.

Paul Bogaard
Leslie Van Patter, Adèle Hempel
19-20th Century
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