Circular Front Coupe, James Brewster

Brewster & Company

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, & Carriages

This vehicle features beveled glass windows and exquisite silver-plated lamps with etched glass. The body is set on French platform and cross springs at the rear and elliptical springs at the front. The carved wooden components of the undercarriage compliment the fine iron work. The elegant interior exemplifies the fine craftsmanship associated with carriage trimming for private, coachman-driven vehicles. The diamond-pleated burgundy satin interior is elaborately trimmed with maroon, pink and green patterned broad lace, tassels and rosettes. The interior door handles are covered in russet leather. The interior is furnished with deep side wall pockets, maroon satin window shades, and a mirrored vanity drawer which recedes into a compartment under the driver's seat boot. A small hinged child's seat, hidden behind the quilted wall covering, can be pulled down to accommodate an additional passenger. A bell beneath the driver's seat could be rung by the occupant to enlist the driver's attention. This carriage, a gift to the original owner from her three sons, was used in the funeral procession of President Abraham Lincoln held in New York City in 1865.

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  • Title: Circular Front Coupe, James Brewster
  • Creator: Brewster & Company
  • Date Created: c. 1860
  • Location: New York, New York, United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 78"h x 76 1/4"w x 124 1/2"l
  • Provenance: Gift of Ward Melville, 1971
  • Subject Keywords: Coupe, Brewster & Company, James Brewster, Abraham Lincoln's funeral, New York, horse-drawn vehicle, travel, transportation, vehicle, carriage
  • Type: coupe
  • Medium: wood, metal, glass, textile, paint

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