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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.
wrought iron (iron alloy)
"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.
No inscription recorded on worksheet.
Original to Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, Me.),
Dennett & Potter
Dennett & Potter (Maker)
39 x 48 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Miss Jane S. Tucker
Probably Massachusetts (United States)
Probably Maine (United States)