<i>Ex-Pemberton Carriage Collection, Canada</i><br /><b>c.1878 Concord Coach</b>

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Lot 101
Ex-Pemberton Carriage Collection, Canada
c.1878 Concord Coach
Coachwork by Abbot and Downing Company, Concord, USA

Sold for US$ 61,600 inc. premium
Ex-Pemberton Carriage Collection, Canada
c.1878 Concord Coach

Coachwork by Abbot and Downing Company, Concord, USA
Built by Abbot and Downing, Concord Coaches are synonymous with long distance travel in America. The company built several variants of the 'Concord' each designed around the environment that they were to be used in.

This Concord Coach was built to the 'Hotel Style' design where the passenger compartment was enlarged and could carry up to nine people. Purchased by the vendor for the Collection at the auction of the famed Canadian Pemberton Carriage Collection in 1999.

The Coach body is finished in red and features the distinctive Abbot and Downing gold leaf scroll work along the lower quarter panels. Numbered 476, the under carriage is finished in white with a contrasting black line. The Coach is fitted with heavy grease taper axles and runs on iron shod wheels. The coach was restored in America some years ago.

The internal passenger cabin has been upholstered in a red velour material but many of the original features have been retained. Seat cushions and backs are fitted either end of the body in the normal fashion and in order to accommodate additional passengers there is a centrally fitted bench seat complete with hand hold straps. The cabin is accessed by folding body steps and a door to either side, Abbot and Downing type door and body handles help to facilitate access. The cabin is well lit and airy, ideal for the hotter climates that would have been experienced on longer journeys by passengers. The doors feature half glass windows that can be lowered and to either side of the doors in the upper body there are additional windows that are divided into two sections, one side is hinged and can be opened for increased ventilation.

Externally the Coach body is mounted on very heavy leather through braces, these would have cushioned the passengers against the worst roads, but the jarring must have made for an uncomfortable experience. To the rear of the driver's seat there is a roof mounted passenger seat, beyond this there is a metal luggage rail that extends around the edge of the roof. The driver and guard sit on an extended seat that has metal supports running back up to the roof these provide additional support to the timber bearers and attached to the metal rail on the offside there is a leather rifle case. The brake is operated by the driver using the large brake arm that runs up from its mounting on the undercarriage, two large timber brake arms then act on the rear wheels. The rear of the body has a large luggage platform that is currently fitted with a typical trunk of the period.

The coach is complete with two poles and bars and can be drawn by four or six horses depending upon the conditions. It presents an ideal opportunity to own a very rare original Abbot and Downing Concord Coach.

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<i>Ex-Pemberton Carriage Collection, Canada</i><br /><b>c.1878 Concord Coach</b>
<i>Ex-Pemberton Carriage Collection, Canada</i><br /><b>c.1878 Concord Coach</b>
<i>Ex-Pemberton Carriage Collection, Canada</i><br /><b>c.1878 Concord Coach</b>
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