Laundaulet, or Demi Landau

Original price was: £25.00.Current price is: £17.50.

Published 1962 © Hugh Evelyn Limited; artist Alan Osbahr;
c. 34 x 24 cm (13″ x 9″) on high white matt cardstock of 115 g/m²;
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Also known as a diligence or chariot, the demi-landau is a form of private carriage popular in the 19th century with a single seat facing forward (an ordinary landau is larger, with two facing seats). They offered passengers an unobstructed view for traveling, particularly if driven by a postilion. Postilion is also easier on the driver as it is more comfortable to ride in as saddle for a journey than on a hard coach box. The convertibles of their day, demi-landaus featured a folding leather top, or head, that could be folded back while the front part of the carriage was removed to make it open. Those S-shaped pieces on the top are part of the folding mechanism, and on a fancy carriage these might be silver-plated. (S-shaped ornaments called “landau irons” can be seen today on some customized automobiles today). Demi-landaus were the most widely used form of personal carriage. Their smaller size made them useful for manoeuvring narrow city streets as well as on country roads, and the smaller size also made them more economical. A nicely appointed demi-landau cost around £115. This was still out of the price range of the vast majority, but for the rising middle class, a demi-landau was often the first step in “keeping” a carriage. Regency fans will know: Jane Austen and her characters would have been completely at home in a demi-landau. 

Felton’s Description

The Carriage is a crooked or compassed Perch, plated with iron on the sides; a half Wheel fore end, a raised hind end with plain Plough Handles and a footman Cushion; a square Trunk Boot, a light Chair or Chaise Body for the coachman, fixed on the boot at the fore end, and hung on an iron bar which crosses the fore springs by short braces, straked Wheels, common Axletrees and boxes; the Body is a Landaulet with round sides, lined with second cloth trimmed with a 3 inch lace, quilted sides, a sliding seat box, Wilton Carpet, double folding steps, plate glasses, the frames covered with a 2 inch lace, Venetian blinds, the Plating with brass, a 4-8th moulding round the pannels, the middle, sides and over the doors, along the back and front, two scroll ornaments, and two tip ditto, the body loops plated on the four bolt-heads, six fancy device Head plates; the joints, check rings, Pole hook and Wheel hoops plated; a pair of Italian Lamps, plated heads and Barrels; the Braces common French pole pieces, a set of Double Web footman holders, the Painting picked out one colour; a plain fillet round the pannels I inch wide, the arms on the doors, Cyphers with crests on the quarters, and Crests on the stiles.

First charge for a demi-landau£10726
A compass perch plated on the sides3160
A half-wheel front130
A pair of plain plough handles200
A footman cushion220
A square trunk boot550
A chaise or chair coach box1000
Round sides to the body100
The swing holders and other laces 3 inches wide120
Quilted sides0106
Lace covered glass frames100
Venetian blinds250
Sixty-five feet of 4-8th moulding3131
Two scroll and two tip ornaments050
Boob loop bolt heads plated050
Check brace rings ditto058
joints ditto350
Wheel hoops ditto1100
A Pole hook ditto110
A pair of Italian lamps280
Painting of the body and carriage picked out one colour1116
Forty-eight feet of I inch plain fillets round the edge of the pannels280
Arms on each door pannel0146
Crests with Cyphers on the two quarter ditto0116
Crests on the three stiles090

Additional information

Dimensions 38 × 25.5 cm