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Written in 1881 by William N. FitzGerald, a veteran of the carriage industry, this was the most comprehensive addition to trade literature on the subject at the time of its publication. Rare, hard-to-find and long out of circulation, it is now back in print to inspire a new generation of carriage enthusiasts. Provides descriptive text and illustrations of numerous carriage interiors: from the everyday model to those suited for royalty. Furthermore, the book describes the complexity of materialsleathers, silks, lacesand range of skills (upholstering, tufting, stitching and binding, cutting enameled leathers, making leather sockets, welting, fabric selection, etc.) required for this branch of the carriage trade. It also includes recipes for cleaning, oiling and blacking leather, polishing metals and restoring ivory, among others.
This is a reprint of volumes 1 and 2 of the 1892 edition. Richardson covers in great depth the materials and tools used in the making and repairing of wheels, carriage parts and their assembly, framing and construction, axles, yokes, whiffletrees, patterns, and layouts and many other fascinating subjects. This is an excellent reference work on the carriage trade and includes information on buggies, cabriolets, broughams, phaetons, sleighs, sleds and various wagons.