Small white horse with black carriage and driver

Object Number: 
INV.4478
Date: 
1860-1870
Medium: 
Iron, tin, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 9 x 3 1/2 in. ( 16.5 x 22.9 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Tinned sheet iron cab with driver seated on roof, in front, and drawn by single horse; brown cab with abstract pattern of leaves and flowers stencilled on sides; arched windows cut out at each side of driver's feet; double arch window on each side; driver dressed in green and black with black cab; white horse with black hooves and red saddle blanket; hole through nose.
Gallery Label: 
A similar example appears in American Antique Toys, 1830-1900. Bernard Barenholtz wrote that the cab is attributed to the Merriam Manufacturing Company, but that the toy also appears in the George Brown Toy Sketchbook with a slightly different window pattern. Merriam and George Brown were located near each other in Connecticut, and were interrelated by marriage; they may have shared patterns and ideas.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group