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    06-11-2013, 08:29 PM
  #11
Green Broke
It is very unusual, I am not even sure where the driver sits.
I see the rein rail on the dash board, but the driver would have to sit sideways to drive from the front seat, and if the carriage is driven from the rear seat, why put the front seat in the carriage because no one could sit there.
How about some more photos?
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    06-11-2013, 08:40 PM
  #12
Yearling
Taffy, I was wondering the same thing!
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    06-11-2013, 09:58 PM
  #13
Foal
Riding on the horse maybe?
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    06-11-2013, 10:09 PM
  #14
Started
I seem to remember reading that these rear driven carriages had the seat in the front for the children. I don't know how you would keep them out of the reins, though.

The carriage is so pretty. I love the metal work and the wheels. The upholstery looks redone, and may need to be done to original specs to bring the best price.

Nancy
     
    06-12-2013, 10:35 AM
  #15
Foal
My Grandmother used to sit on the left of the back bench and look around or between the persons sitting on the front bench. I was asking information on a german horse forum as well and someone there thinks that maybe there was a seat on the front (the empty space you see, which my grandmother used for a big picknick basket) where someone would sit higher up to drive the people around. But I don;t think my grandmother ever had that seat with it. Nor do I know if it came with it or if it was build for a picknick basket like she used it for.
Anyone have any ideas where I can possibly find the name of the builder or building year on it?
I have put the carriage back in the garage for now, I have repainted the metal work but since we will have rain the next few days, I wanted to keep it dry to protect it. Thank you all so much for your help so far
     
    06-12-2013, 12:09 PM
  #16
Foal
Here are some more photos as you requested
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    06-14-2013, 03:13 PM
  #17
Started
I don't think there was a seat in the front....there is no room for a dash. If there WAS, it would GREATLY deminish the value of the carriage to no longer have it.

Nancy
     
    06-14-2013, 05:38 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by greentree    
I don't think there was a seat in the front....there is no room for a dash. If there WAS, it would GREATLY deminish the value of the carriage to no longer have it.

Nancy
No place for the drivers feet either.
     
    06-14-2013, 05:40 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I guess they did drive from the rear seat, and put two small children in the front, hence the very small rein rail.
You would have to have very long reins though.

The wheels are beautiful!
     
    06-14-2013, 07:40 PM
  #20
Showing
I believe the style of carriage is a Phaeton, with the larger rear wheels. Children knew better than to squabble when in a horse conveyance. It may be German in origin.
     

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