coaching


One of the vehicles up for auction at last weekend’s Martin Auctioneers carriage sale was an original-condition Brewster coach. It was described in the catalog as a Park Drag, but it appears to be bigger and heavier and perhaps more akin to a Road Coach … and the boot opens the “wrong” way for a Park Drag (from the side instead of from the top). But, regardless, it was an original-condition thing of beauty.

Here are some photos of the coach (taken with the camera on my phone in less-than-ideal lighting, so please excuse the low quality) …

We have views of the toe-board lamp, a view and a detail of one side lamp, and a bit of the other side lamp with its glass turned around for daytime; both doors, one with the window down and the other with the shutter up; details of a rear wheel and the undercarriage; a (dark!) view of the original upholstery, a look at the coach lace on the door, and the Brewster name plate on the inside of one of the doors.

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Continued from Friday …

The second of the three old images we received was this photo of the Oriole Roach Coach. Like the previous one, this image was published in the January 6, 1906, issue of Rider and Driver magazine. Unfortunately, we don’t know when the photo itself was taken.

The caption said, The Road Coach ‘Oriole,’ Which Ran from Youngstown Ohio, Several Years Ago: from left to right — Richard Graves, Guard; the late John A. Logan, Jr., Coachman; Mr. Clarence Moore, Coachman; Robert Wheelwright, Cock Horse Boy.

 

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I’ve looked and can’t find any further information on the Oriole Road Coach. If you have any info to share, please do so!

A CAA member in California was recently visiting Pennsylvania, where he found three interesting old photos, which I’ll share here over the next three posts.

This first photo is from the January 6, 1906, issue of Rider and Driver magazine.

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The caption said, Prominent Ladies Who Drive Four-in-Hand: Mrs. Ralph Pulitzer, formerly Miss Frederica Webb, with her father, Dr. W. Seward Webb, beside her, in the parade of the Ladies’ Four-in-Hand Club; Miss Webb is a granddaughter of the late William H. Vanderbilt, and like all the members of the Vanderbilt family, ‘dearly loves a horse.’

Here’s the final set of photos from this year’s CAA trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show: views of some of the beautiful coaches, before and during their drive …

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I’ve just found out about this, I’m afraid … more than a week into the event. But better late than never, right?

If you’d like to watch some carriage-driving classes — or hunter classes, or side-saddle classes, or Saddlebred classes, or any of the other classes — at this year’s Devon Horse Show, you can watch it all, live and free of charge, at the USEF Network website. The show continues through this weekend.

Enjoy!

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In this photo, c. 1909, Miss Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly (on the right) is shown with two other unidentified ladies.

The caption says they’re “beside coach on street,” but that is, of course, an automobile. Judging from the fact that Miss Twombly is wearing her driving apron, her coach and team must’ve been nearby.

In my near-constant search for interesting old news, tidbits, and photos to share here on the blog, I hit the jackpot today. In just one of its many, many photo collections, the Library of Congress has more than 10,000 (yes, there are four zeros there) digitized news-agency photos covering the years 1910 to 1915.

Here, then, is our first look at an image from the LOC’s Bain Collection …

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The whip in this c. 1910 photo is Lord Leconfield, who is also mentioned in this brief article from the April 16, 1911, issue of The New York Times.

“Alfred G. Vanderbilt, who will open his English coaching season next month, is this year to have a rival on the London-to-Brighton road in the person of Lord Leconfield, who will run the original Old Times coach. Except that Mr. Vanderbilt will leave London via Kingston and Lord Leconfield via Wimbledon, both the Venture and the Old Times will follow the same road through Surrey and Sussex.”

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