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Sleigh

Sleigh
Title
Sleigh
Date 
ca. 1890
Medium 
wood, steel, leather and cloth.
Dimensions 
Overall: 60 x 90 x 53 in. ( 152.4 x 228.6 x 134.6 cm )
Description 
(a) sleigh, painted black with yellow runners, with shaft for a pair of horses (b).
Credit Line 
Gift of E. Victor Loew
Object Number 
1941.918ab
Gallery Label 
The winter months in nineteenth-century New York were ideal for travel and pleasure driving, as packed snow and ice provided a much preferable surface to the usual rough roads. This elegant sleigh, manufactured by leading New York City carriage manufacturer Brewster & Company, features sweeping lines, a boldly curved dash, and graceful ironwork scrolls, as well as a rumble seat. Accompanied by the ringing of sleigh bells, which alerted pedestrians and other vehicles of its approach and provided a musical backdrop, this one-horse sleigh ferried its driver and passengers around the city in high style.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group