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Auction of world famous carriages

The sale of the second half of the George Shaw collection of carriages is due to take place in Yorkshire next week.

Thimbleby & Shorland’s sale of the “Richmond Collection” follows the video auction of Shaw’s Yorkshire Carriage Museum collection in Reading last year. This sale however will take place on site at St Trinian’s Farm near Richmond.

The master builder had successfully established what later became the Yorkshire Carriage Museum at the Georgian mill at Aysgarth, and had hoped to set up a second museum in his home town of Richmond, where he wanted to show the harness and carriages being used with horses, but prolonged battles with the local authority put pay to Shaw’s dream of a working carriage museum, and the vehicles were consigned to storage.

The highlight of the sale will is the Travelling Barouche (pictured below), dating from the mid-19th century, built by Davis of London and thought to have originated on an estate in Herefordshire.

The wide variety of carriages up for sale include:

  • A two-wheeled hearse (pictured below)

  • Horse drawn-fire engines
  • Gypsy carriages
  • Agricultural and trade vehicles
  • A private omnibus to suit a pair or a team – Shaw’s first purchase
  • Vis-à-vis Phaetons (one to suit a large horse pictured below)

    A Park Drag (pictured below) built by Shanks of London, which is a private coach similar to those which can be seen driving to Royal Ascot driven by a team of horses is also a feature of the sale.

    Although many of them are in varying states of disrepair and are being sold in that knowledge, the majority of them are fresh on the market and would be worthwhile projects for restoration.

  • For more information contact Thimbleby & Shorland (tel: 0118 950 8611) or visit their website www.tsauction.co.uk
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