Dog Cart

Description

This vehicle, similar to a small delivery cart with the sulky three-spring suspension, was popular because of the back-to-back seating for four people. The hinged tail-gate acts as a footrest for the back seat passengers. It has sarven plates, hickory half rims and spokes. The cart has connection points for extra swingle bars and horses outside the shafts.

Colour

Poor paint work but apparently black body and undercarriage.

History

The dog cart developed in Britain from the gig in the early 1800s. It was designed to carry additional passengers and dogs on hunting trips and usually had slated or louvre panels for ventilation. Later models reverted to artificial louvres for decoration only. There was also a popular four-wheel version of the dog cart.

This vehicle was used in the Flagstone Creek area below the Toowoomba Range. It was believed to have been used for mail delivery. The points to harness extra horses were handy in the hilly Range country. It was donated by Mr Cyril Horton of Toowoomba in 1992.

Registration

H20920

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