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Catalog Number 142
Collection Carriage Collection Vehicles
Object Name Wagon
Place of Origin United States/New Hampshire/Peterboro
Maker Farrar, G.W. & Sons
Date 1890-1895
Dimensions H-60 W-65 L-100 inches
Notes Democrat wagon.

Though the exact derivation of the name democrat wagon is unknown, tradition attributes it to the unassuming and unostentatious appearance of the vehicle, symbolizing the equality of man.

The body is of natural, varnished wood. The seat rails are curved and have turned spindle supports. The sides and rear are paneled. The seat risers - wooden panels supporting the seats - have oval cut-outs, contributing to the graceful, light appearance of this modest and affordable vehicle. The two seats can be removed to convert the vehicle for carrying cargo.

The hardware and felloes are painted a light ochre, accented in red striping. The floor covering is painted canvas with a black-and-white pattern. The seat trim is a dark brown leather.

The vehicle has a foot brake and is suspended with a "Concord" gear, and arrangement of half elliptic springs mounted at right angles to the axle on either side and with three reaches connecting the axles. The drop-axles allow the body to be mounted lower to the ground for easy access.
Credit line Gift of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1951.