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Written by JulieW
(10/28/2008 2:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, L&T What is a landaulette?, penned by MarianneR
This is what Felton has to say about it:
A Landaulet or Demi-Landau.
This was quite an expensive two-seater vehicle and a rather impressive gift on Captain Wentworth's part : Mr Felton gives the cost of a new one, fitted out with all the top level furnishings and finishes, at £156: 10 shillings and 3 pence.
It required the services of a coachman; and a footman, if he was employed by the Wentworths, could also stand on the back.
Sandy Lerner in her article in The Female Spectator Volume 4 number 1 has this to say:
This light four-wheeled conveyance gained popularity as it was well suited to England's uncertain climate in that it could be converted from an open to a closed carriage with little trouble. The landaulette was a smaller version of the landau, a very formal postillion driven veicle( postillions ride on the horses and control it from that position instead of a coachman driving from the box-seat JW) The landaulette was also known as a demi-Landau with only a rear seat. Again this is a lady's vehicle,and its inclusion denotes Captain Wentworth's extreme generosity to his wife as well as a remarkable concern for her independence
William Bridges Adams in his book English Pleasure Carriages
This is an expensive carriage to build and very liable to get out of order as the leather and wood work of the head is affected by cold and heat, damp and dryness. The expense of repairs is considerable.
So, it is a much more practical carriage than Charles' curricle, being an all weather vehicle. Small- only a two-seater, but very stylish ;-) After all the criticism I've heaped upon Wentworth's shoulders at least he came up trumps with this gift-and no wonder Mary was jealous!
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