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Hooded buggy

Holland and Holland

Category

Carriages & other vehicles

Date

1850 - 1860

Materials

Painted and sham canework wood body with leather hood, wool cloth and morocco leather upholstery and two iron shod wheels.

Measurements

250.5 x 396.5 x 167cm (8ft 2 1/2in x 13 ft x 5ft 5 3/4in)

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 272877.1

Caption

A handsome looking carriage, the occupants were seated high up and some protection could be provided from the elements by the folding head. With the head up, the driver would struggle to see around it, so there are two small windows which gave the driver some peripheral vision on each side.

Summary

Hooded Gig built by Holland and Holland of London circa 1840. Hooded Gig (two wheels) for a single horse. This carriage has wicker panels on the body and wicker wheel protectors. The gig has shaft,s a swingletree, two candle lamps and rubber footboards. The body is sprun on two side and two cross springs. The interior upholstery has three Melton cushions and the livery is in black with brown trim and red lining, in original condition.

Full description

A gig is a two-wheeled carriage seating two in the body, always driven by the owner, usually to a single horse, but occasionally to a tandem. This very elegant example was built in the mid 1800s by Holland & Holland, the celebrated London carriage builders (not connected with the well-known gun maker of the same name). It has a folding leather head, with small “eyes” in the sides to provide very limited sideways vision and, unusually, a seat for a groom behind the body. There is a basketwork cover for placing over the wheel by the groom, to protect the clothes of the passengers when getting in or out of the gig. The seat squabs are dark brown Morocco leather, which matches the body paintwork. The body has ‘sham cane’ on the panels, which can be applied like piped icing or, as in this case, in a sheet like wallpaper and sealed with varnish. Holland & Holland set up business between 1850 and 1860 providing a small range of earliest dates for this carriage that appears to be earlier.

Marks and inscriptions

On front rail of footboard. : HOLLAND & HOLLAND LONDON On the body.: Science Museum Inventory No: 1937-836 On front nearside axle components.: HOLLAND & HOLLAND 3572 On front offside axle components.: HOLLAND & HOLLAND 3572 On rear nearside axle components.: HOLLAND & HOLLAND 3572 On rear offside axle components.: HOLLAND & HOLLAND 3572 On front nearside axle components.: C On front offside axle components.: C On rear nearside axle components.: C On rear offside axle components.: C

Makers and roles

Holland and Holland, coachbuilder

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