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Buckley & Merritt Hand Drawn Parade Carriage.

American. 1870. Ex - Derby, CT.

Although patterned after a working hose carriage, this piece has no purpose beyond its elegance and beauty. It was built as a source of pride for the firemen of the Hotchkiss Hose Company of Derby, Connecticut. Pulled by a team of firemen at parades and musters, the beautiful carriage boosted morale and promoted the image of its volunteer company