Pleasure Wagon, circa 1820

Summary

The pleasure wagon, developed in New England in the early 19th century, was pretty and practical. Its stylish body and bright paintwork were appropriate for a drive to church on Sunday. But, with its seat lifted out, the vehicle had room to carry produce to market the rest of the week. New Hampshire farmer Jonathan Fitts owned this pleasure wagon.

The pleasure wagon, developed in New England in the early 19th century, was pretty and practical. Its stylish body and bright paintwork were appropriate for a drive to church on Sunday. But, with its seat lifted out, the vehicle had room to carry produce to market the rest of the week. New Hampshire farmer Jonathan Fitts owned this pleasure wagon.

Artifact

Pleasure wagon

Date Made

circa 1820

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, New Hampshire, South Hampton 

Creator Notes

Attributed to an unknown South Hampton, New Hampshire maker

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

28.415.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Miss Josephine F. Prescott.

Material

Iron (Metal)
Paint (Coating)
Wood (Plant Material)

Technique

Painting (Image-making)

Color

Black (Color)
Green
Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 60 in

Width: 66.25 in

Length: 161 in

Wheelbase: 48 in

Diameter: 36.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 47 in  (Wheel Diameter)