This early wooden baby carriage incorporates many design features from the
full sized carriages of the day. The bodywork is suspended to
provide a softer ride; very necessary with the iron shod wheels! The pole
used for pulling the carriage is also similar to the pole used when two or
four horses pulled a carriage. A baby carriage such as this would have
been purpose built, either by a local carpenter, sexton or blacksmith. Only
very ornate carriages would have deserved the time of a carriage builder.
|Acquired by the Museum:||1996 (on loan)|
|Current State:||As acquired|
This particular example was used by the thirteen children of the Rev. Ellis
Walford, Rector of Dallinghoo from 1830 to 1881. The children were born
over the period from 1833 to 1855.
This exhibit is on loan from Ipswich Borough Museums.