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Sleigh

1998.2483 (RS277745)

Description

Four passenger sleigh. Black with painted medallions of woman at sides and central front medallion of man on horse. Gilt striping throughout. Interior upholstered with ingrain carpet in floral design: carpet on seat different from that on floor.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": This sleigh, with its sleek lines and expensive paint job, was the equivalent of a sporty red convertible-the fun vehicle in Richard Tucker's carriage house in Wiscasset, Maine. Today snow-covered roads require slower speeds and increased caution, but in the nineteenth century winter snow made travel easier. In all other seasons, rocky, rutted roads made for jolting travel by carriage, but in winter snowy roads were packed by rollers, which allowed sleighs on their runners to glide smoothly and silently. To avoid accidents, drivers had to add bells to their horses' harnesses. The ringing bells beckoned people outside and added to the joy of the season.
This black, four-passenger sleigh has gilt striping throughout and interior upholstery made of two different designs of ingrain carpet. One of several conveyances in the collection at Castle Tucker, this beautiful sleigh carried the Tuckers in style to numerous parties and social gatherings. Contrary to what we might think today, winter was a premiere social season for Mainers in the nineteenth century. The Tucker letters contain many references to parties and outings with friends in the winter.
Maker
Dennett & Potter (Maker)
Date
1858
Inscriptions
No inscription recorded on worksheet.
Associated Building
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.).
Material
ash (wood)
chestnut (wood)
painting (coating)
poplar (wood)
wrought iron (iron alloy)
Object type
Land Transportation T&E; Animal-Powered Vehicles
Places
Probably Maine (United States)
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
ash (wood)
chestnut (wood)
painting (coating)
poplar (wood)
Sleigh
sleighs
wrought iron (iron alloy)
People and organizations
Dennett & Potter
Dimensions
39 x 48 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1998.2483
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
GUSN
22422

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