Butcher's Wagon, circa 1875

Summary

Before mechanical refrigeration, many Americans bought their perishable goods on a daily basis. In larger cities, enterprising vendors delivered food door-to-door in wagons like this. Inside the butcher's wagon are shelves for meat storage, slots to hold knives, and a cutting board. The vehicle was built in Connecticut by A.U. Elliott & Sons Carriage Manufacturers.

Before mechanical refrigeration, many Americans bought their perishable goods on a daily basis. In larger cities, enterprising vendors delivered food door-to-door in wagons like this. Inside the butcher's wagon are shelves for meat storage, slots to hold knives, and a cutting board. The vehicle was built in Connecticut by A.U. Elliott & Sons Carriage Manufacturers.

Artifact

Wagon

Date Made

circa 1875

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.1538.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant Material)
Canvas
Leather
Paint (Coating)

Color

Black (Color)
Red
White (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 58.75 in

Width: 75.5 in

Length: 186.5 in

Wheelbase: 58.75 in

Diameter: 41 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 48 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

On each side of wagon is license plate: OXFORD / TOWN LICENSE / 7763-D / EXPIRES / JULY 21, 1928 A sign on the back of seat reads: PROTECTED BY / MULCAHY DETECTIVE BUREAU / HEADQUARTERS WORCESTER, MASS. / LIBERAL REWARD / FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARREST AND CONVICTION / OF PERSONS COMMITTING BURGLARIES OR LARCENY FROM / THESE PREMISES OR ANY WILFUL DESTRUCTION OF THIS PROPERTY

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