Hearse, circa 1875

Summary

Horse-drawn hearses like this one first appeared in the mid-19th century. A floor-mounted roller assisted in loading and unloading coffins, and large oval windows provided an unobstructed view for mourners outside the vehicle. Decorative elements on hearses ranged from plain to elaborate -- and sometimes garish. This example is tastefully appointed with brass rails and finials.

Horse-drawn hearses like this one first appeared in the mid-19th century. A floor-mounted roller assisted in loading and unloading coffins, and large oval windows provided an unobstructed view for mourners outside the vehicle. Decorative elements on hearses ranged from plain to elaborate -- and sometimes garish. This example is tastefully appointed with brass rails and finials.

Artifact

Hearse

Date Made

circa 1875

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

36.520.127

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Brocade (Textile)
Damask
Gold leaf
Paint (Coating)
Nickel

Technique

Plating (Metal coating)

Color

Black (Color)
Ivory (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 88 in

Width: 74 in

Length: 157 in

Wheelbase: 99 in

Diameter: 40.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 50 in  (Wheel Diameter)

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