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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