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History of the Panel Boot Victoria Carriage
French carriage, named for Queen Victoria at least by 1844, and renowned for its elegance. It was first imported into England by the Prince of Wales in 1869, where it rapidly gained popularity. It was usually pulled by one or two horses.
The Victoria was a low, light, four-wheeled, doorless vehicle with a forward-facing seat for two persons covered with a folding top, and a removable, elevated coachman’s seat above the front axle. The graceful body curved down from the coachman’s seat to the floorboards, and up again like a gently sloping chair. Panel-boot Victorias were, confusingly, also known as cabriolets. The Grand Victoria had a rumble seat for two extra passengers, and the Victoria-Hansom was an improved hansom cab with a collapsible hood.
Though in English the name Victoria was not employed for a carriage before 1870, when one was imported to England by the Prince of Wales in 1869, the type was made some time before 1844. It was very popular amongst wealthy families. On a low body, it had one forward-facing seat for two passengers and a raised driver's seat supported by an iron frame, all beneath a calash top. It was usually drawn by one or two horses. This type of carriage became fashionable with ladies for riding in the park, especially with a stylish coachman installed. Nowadays, Victorias can be seen in the Chilean city of Viña del Mar, where they are rented to tourists.
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Our Vintage Victoria Bonnet Top Carriage
Reproduction of Royalty
Our elegant French Inspired-Carriage was popular amongst the wealthiest families, back in the late 1800’s. It was named for Queen Victoria at least by 1844 and renowned for it’s elegance. It was first imported by the Prince of Wales in 1869, where it gained popularity. This carriage was servant driven for courting and prestigious events. The Victoria is an outstanding example of artistry and craftsmanship, known as the most graceful vehicle ever built.
With extensive research, our custom carriage took over 9 months to build to this glorious state. Our Victoria includes a true full vintage folding top, as well as today's safety features (hydraulic brakes, traffic travel lighting, ...)
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History of the Gypsy Vanner Horse Breed
Soon after World War II, a vision was born by the Gypsies of Great Britain to create the perfect caravan horse; “a small Shire, with more feather, more color and a sweeter head” was the goal. Selective breeding continued virtually unknown to the outside world for over half a century until two Americans, Dennis and Cindy Thompson, while traveling through the English countryside, noticed a magical looking horse standing in a field. It was that very horse who became the key to unlocking the heretofore-unknown vision and genetics that created the Gypsies’ “vanner” breed (a horse suitable to pull a caravan).
Through selective breeding over more than 100 years Gypsy men and their families in England and Ireland created this breed of horses. Their goal, was to create a unique draft type horse that could pull their caravans in fancy fashion yet was docile enough to be handled by their children and would work all day with small amounts of food and water.
They designed the horse to primarily be half black, and half white. They wanted the horses to have a "WOW" factor so that each family could always have a competition on whose stallion was the finest. The average Gypsy Vanner should stand about 14.3 hands high, and be most any color these days. They should have an arched crown neck, smaller ears that curve inward, a round and correct heavy chest, thick boned legs with feathers that start at the knee in the front and the hock in the back that tent-like cover the hooves. This horse should have a very chiseled and refined head with tapering towards the end of the muzzle, and kind, well set eyes. The Gypsy Vanner, or Gypsy Cobb horse as it is sometimes referred to, should have a short back and a very well rounded hindquarter, and a crease down the center of the hindquarter that is called "Apple Butt." The breed should also have a very wide and thick tail that is not set too high, and may eventually drag the ground.
Extensive research has revealed the true origin of the Gypsy Vanner breed. The Shire horse had the greatest influence with the Fells pony, Dales pony, the Clydesdales and the British Spotted pony also contributed to its makeup, with the Highland pony giving rise to its magnificent mane and tail.
The Gypsy and nomadic people popularized the use of the Gypsy Vanner in Europe and gained its popularity in the USA in the mid 90’s.