Horse Carriages


horse carriage
 

In the 19th century the horse carriage was a four-wheeled horse drawn passenger vehicle, often of elegant design.  Throughout the 1800s the manufacture of the horse carriage was an important industry.  The light four-wheeled buggy with open sides was mass produced from the mid- 19th century until the popularity of the bicycle and the horseless carriage (automobile) took over in the 1890s. The "carriage trade" referred to the wealthy patrons or customers of a store who arrived in their elegant horse carriages.

The Victorian  wicker baby carriage was popular for mothers in the second half of the 19th century.  Wicker companies such as Heywood Brothers and the Wakefield Rattan Company, abounded in the 1880s making carriages to transport babies and toddlers. Today antique baby carriages are favored by wicker collectors, doll collectors and photographers.

 

The Well-Appointed Victorian Carriage
At the end of the nineteenth century, affluent Victorian women took great interest in the appointments and accessories of their carriages.

Antique Carriage Clock
An antique accessory for the well-appointed Victorian carriage.

The Horse Carriage
In 1890, Ferd F. French & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts advertised the latest styles the horse carriage.

1809 Chariot Horse Carriage
The Chariot horse carriage was a light four-wheeled horse carriage popular in the early 19th century.

1809 Landau Horse Carriage
The Landau horse carriage had four wheels with front and back passenger seats that faced each other.

Victorian Baby Carriages: The Golden Age of Carriages