Another project for Jackie Pemberton of Milan, TN

This authentic reproduction Stage Coach, built to exact specifications by an Amish company in New Hampshire accurately represents a time in the history of our country that was unique and exciting. The only changes from how the original coaches were made is the addition of ball-bearing axles and hydraulic brakes for safety reasons. 
Mountain scenes were popular pictorial effects used on most stage coach doors, this rendering of a mountain lake in the Grand Tetons with the American Bald Eagle flying out of the oval fits with the style of the period of mid to late 1800's.

Pin striping and pictorial hand painted in enamels by Larry Elliott of Elliott Design.
Every Stage Line had it's name emblazoned above the doors, there were a great number of small stage companies that delivered passengers, mail and goods across the nation as well as the well known ones like Wells Fargo and Overland Stage lines.
The appearance of a stage coach up close is very impressive, it's size is somewhat larger than most people realize. Although the undercarriage is made from massive pieces of Oak and heavy steel straps and bolts it still has an elite look.
The rear spoke wheels are 57 inches tall and the front wheels are nearly 46 inches. Passengers ride in comfort on well padded seats and the carriage body is swing-mounted to absorb bumps. If the roads back then were as smooth as modern-day roads the ride would have been quite comfortable.
A fun project but quite stressful at times with the strange positions you had to get in to stripe some of the undercarriage, at times you were laying flat of your back and others you would be standing on one foot reaching through the spokes to stripe the body.


 

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