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
Buckley & Merritt Hand Drawn Parade Carriage.
American. 1870. Ex - Derby, CT.