The sale of the second half of the George Shaw collection of carriages is due to take place in Yorkshire next week.
Thimbleby & Shorlands sale of the Richmond Collection follows the video auction of Shaws Yorkshire Carriage Museum collection in Reading last year. This sale however will take place on site at St Trinians 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 Shaws 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 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.