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Dog cart

Morgan and Co. Ltd.

Category

Carriages & other vehicles

Date

1880

Materials

Painted wood body with pigskin upholstery and four iron shod wheels.

Measurements

195 x 249.5 x 161.5cm (6ft 4 3/4in x 8ft 2 1/4in x 5ft 3 1/2in)

Place of origin

London

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Collection

National Trust Carriage Museum (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Arlington Court and The National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon, South West, National Trust

NT 272875.1

Caption

Dog carts were the ultimate, large, sporting, four-wheeled carriage. They were designed to be owner driven but carry multiple passengers with room for the dogs in the boot; the louvered sides of which provided ventilation.

Summary

Dog Cart built by Morgan and Co. Ltd., of London, circa 1880. Dog Cart (four wheels) for a single, tandem, pair or team of horses. The body is on full elliptic springs and is in good, original condition. The interior trim is in brown pigskin and with three cushions. There are two candle lamps, a centre pole, shafts and ladder. Also displayed are two umbrellas and wicker umbrella holder, clock and a lamp on the dash board. The carriage is painted in red livery with black lining, black body.

Full description

Dog carts were so named because they were originally used for carrying sporting dogs in the boot, the louvered sides of which provided ventilation. First built at the beginning of the 19th century as two-wheeled vehicles, they were later built with four wheels. They carried four passengers sitting in pairs, back to back, and were so useful for all country pursuits that they were found in every country house and used well into the motor age, many of the later examples never being used for the purpose for which they were originally designed. This carriage, the ultimate large sporting four-wheeled dog cart, was built by Morgan & Co. Ltd., London, and is on loan from the trustees of Colonel Ernest Ryan who was photographed driving it and featured in an article in the autumn 1942 edition of the magazine ‘Riding’. It is very unusual for many reasons including the perch undercarriage in combination with elliptic springs, and the fact that it could be pulled by a single horse, a pair, two horses in tandem, or a team of four.

Marks and inscriptions

On brass plates on all stocks. : MORGAN AND Co. LTD. * LONDON GOLD MEDAL On front offside axle components.: JOSH RICHARDS & COMPY SPRING HILL WORKS On front nearside axle components.: JOSH RICHARDS & COMPY SPRING HILL WORKS On rear offside axle components.: JOSH RICHARDS & COMPY SPRING HILL WORKS On rear offside axle components.: JOSH RICHARDS & COMPY SPRING HILL WORKS On side panels.: ER Painted on the dial of the dashboard clock.: GLORIA AND TAGE

Makers and roles

Morgan and Co. Ltd., coachbuilder

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