c.1892 Private Road Coach
Lot 207
c.1892 Private Road Coach
Coachwork by Holland & Holland, London, England
Sold for £ 79,900 (US$ 102,214) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1892 Private Road Coach c.1892 Private Road Coach
c.1892 Private Road Coach
Coachwork by Holland & Holland, London, England

Footnotes

  • Although better known for their Park Drags and other sporting carriages Holland & Holland built a small number of private road Coaches.

    Unlike their European counter parts the English coachbuilders tended to favour a slightly lighter 'Road Coach'. These were developed from the early stagecoaches that ran on the roads prior to the introduction of the railways. With the loss of the original stagecoaches many sporting young men began a revival of the old coaches and the later style Private Road Coach came into being. These were often adorned with the names of old coaching pubs and famous towns, the London to Brighton route being amongst the most famous. For those young men looking to learn the art of driving these coaches, many experienced coachmen 'whips' offered their services. One of the most famous teachers being Edwin Howlett who ran a stable and coaching yard in Paris. This Holland & Holland Private Road Coach reputedly came from the stables of Edwin Howlett and may well have been used to teach many young gentlemen the art of four in hand driving.

    The coach is finished with a red under carriage, rear boot and seat risers. The lower body panels and elbow rail are blue. The upper body panels, front and rear boots are black. The Coach is fitted with oil mail axles and runs on iron shod English pattern wheels. It was restored some years ago but has been well maintained.

    Internally the Coach is accessed via a door on either side with a folding body step. The doors are fitted with four pane cottage style windows with wooden varnished frames. Each door is fitted with a brass rail bearing the coach builders name, this is typical for an English built Road Coach. The seat cushions and backs are upholstered in brown leather and a drab wool cloth head lining with hat straps is fitted. The remaining interior panels are varnished mahogany.

    Externally the paint work on the panels is in good condition, although there is a small crack in the elbow panel on the off side. Unusual, but correct type, sprung road coach door handles are fitted to each door and there is a brass grab handle mounted on the adjacent panel on either side. The roof passenger, guards and coachman's cushions are upholstered in brown leather. The roof mounted seat backs are of the correct type and can unbolted to allow the loading of heavy items of luggage onto the roof. The roof itself is leather covered. The body mounted steps have brass kick plates and all other body fittings are finished in brass to match. The rear boot contains a comprehensive spares kit including a jack, brake blocks and pole chains.

    The Coach is complete with pole and bars, spare bars are fitted to the back of the guard's seat. Continental swingle trees have been fitted to the splinter bar by means of leather straps that can be easily removed. Two sets of lamps are fitted but they are not original to the coach.
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