Posted by Roger V on July 03, 1998 at 15:01:27:
In response to Patricia!, written by Laura W on July 03, 1998 at 12:29:50
] Does that barouche have a fold-down front seat?? Argh!
] The photos are wonderful, but I am pretty sure all of them post-date the Regency.
Yes, the barouche has a fold-down front seat, and as far as I know, they all did... it was part of what made them what they were. From what I have been able to figure out, the barouche was roughly the equivalent of what a limousine is today.
You are correct that most of the vehicles pictured were in fact constructed later, but I specifically chose the ones I did because their original designs were in the 1830's, which is admittedly "borderline" when it comes to the Regency period, but face it, we're not going to find a nice handy collection of vehicles that fit the time period exactly. Also, virtually all of them were identified as "refinements" of earlier designs, so they still give an idea of the types of carriages people might have used in the Regency/Federal period.
And, in case anyone is interested in where the originals shown in these pictures are located, then can be found in the collection of the Oregon Historical Society. However, don't hope to go for a ride in any of them, unless you're about 5 iniches tall.... they are all exquisitely and meticulously constructed scale models, accurate down to the tiniest detail.
- models Laura W 12:29:48 7/04/98 (0)
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