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Photos by M. Anne Sweet
(with thanks for special permission granted by the Austin Carriage Museum)
See related story in
Washington Thoroughbred, August 2006, page 518

Golden Carriage

The museum was founded in 1995 by Gloria Austin and is home Austin's private collection of some 160 carriages and/or coaches. Above is the "Golden Carriage," a meticulously restored 1850 Austrian coach, originally owned by the last emperor of Austria, Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife, Empress Elisabeth.

 
Golden Carriage

A detail of the harnesses from the Golden Carriage. Whenever horses are included in the displays throughout the four galleries, they are exact replicas of the horse park's own carriage horses.

 
Peje

Peje is an Ardenne, a Russian heavy draft horse.

 
Peje

Peje (pronounced Pay-ya).

 
Sicilian Caretta

A Sicilian caretta, used from the medieval period onward.

 
Sicilian Caretta

Donkey, with accoutrements, pulling the Sicilian caretta.

 
Chinese Carriage

Chinese carriage from the 1700-1800s.

 
Chinese Carriage

Detail of the Chinese carriage, showing its straked (or studded) wheels.
Its construction indicates that it is a very primitive vehicle.

 
Chariot

A replica of King Tut's chariot. It is one of the few replicas in the collection (most are restored originals) and was produced for the Henry Ford Museum in the 1920s.

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