c.1880 Horse Drawn Hearse

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Lot 4
c.1880 Horse Drawn Hearse
Coachwork by Marston, Birmingham, England

Sold for £ 4,312 (US$ 5,535) inc. premium
c.1880 Horse Drawn Hearse
Coachwork by Marston, Birmingham, England

Footnotes

  • Horse drawn hearses reached their zenith in the early 20th Century, when they were often referred to as "The Black Brigade". After this they were superseded by motorised versions. Marston & Co were a company famous for their detailed coachbuilding, as is visible in this version( with its finials, pierced top rails, corner posts, attractive faux hammercloth with considerable carvings, glassed sides and rear panel.) They were in business in Bradford Street, Birmingham from 1847 until 1935 by which time they were producing motorized hearses.

    In 1985 horse drawn funerals were re-introduced and today there are a large number of funeral directors once again offering horse drawn funerals which have become ever more popular.

    The hearse is finished in black with some evidence of lining still visible. The wheels, on collinge axles, are English pattern, on iron tyres, and the body is suspended on elliptic springs. The exterior of the body is detailed: with a faux hammercloth mounted onto the Coachman's seat and a handbrake. The rear coffin area is carved and there is a central finial with a pierced surround to the roof with a roundel at each corner. The sides are mounted with glass panels and mouldings. There is a pair of lamps and brackets attached to the body.

    Internally the roof lining is missing but the side panels and front panel are painted with flower motifs. The silver side rails and stops are present.

    This vehicle was bought by Kingsley Curtis from an undertaker in Ireland in conjunction with two friends whilst on holiday in 1967 and was exported to the UK in the early 1970s. The vehicle has been kept in dry storage since then and has remained unused. It is described as in good clean order and makes an attractive piece either for a collector or for refurbishing for the trade. It is offered with a pole and a quantity of tack.
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