Four in Hand

Description

Impressive and now rare carriage seating four comfortably with a buggy boy’s seat at the rear. The slightly canoe-shaped body rests on leather thoroughbraces attached to the side reaches which have steam bent ends. This was a practical vehicle to travel over rough outback roads. A lower middle step on either side allows access via a second step to both the front and back seats. Most of these vehicles had hoods which are now missing, but the fittings are intact.

Colour

Dark green body with very fine yellow lining. Dark creamy-yellow undercarriage with black lining on the wheels.

History

This was a well known vehicle on the Darling Downs belonging to Sir Joshua Peter Bell of Jimbour. Newspaper reports from the 1860s refer to the coach as a most impressive turn-out with four horses, driver and buggy boy decked out in the cerise and white livery of the Jimbour stables. Donated by Mr Francis Bell 1987 and restored by Cobb & Co. Museum 1990.

Registration

H8309

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