The Earl of Sefton's state or dress coach, c1870

Accession number 1975.514.1

horse drawn carriage

This carriage was built by Hooper & Co of London for the Earl of Sefton, whose home was Croxteth Hall| in Liverpool. The carriage was used by the Earls on formal occasions and would have been kept at the Hall, which had its own stables and garages.
It would normally have a coachman in formal dress, two liveried footmen on the rear platform and either two or four matched horses depending on the degree of formality. The effect was to provide a clear symbol of the prestige and affluence of its passengers. The carriage is finished with fine fabrics and great attention to detail.

This coach is one of a set of three formal carriages belonging to the Earl of Sefton. As a group they are an important representation of the affluence and place in society of the Earls.


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