The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The coach-maker., p. 37
37 THE COACH-MAKER. CCACHES, Professor BECKMANN inform us, were made about the beginning of the Sixteenth century, at which time the use of them were confined to women, it being considered disgraceful for men to ride in them. According to STOW, Coaches were first introduced into England from Germany, by the Earl of ARUNDEL, about the middle of the sixteenth century. There is no ar- ticle of luxury in which greater improve- ments have- been made than in Coaches; which seem, at the present time, to want nothing either with regard to ease or ele- gance. The body of the Coach is built chiefly of ash; but the pannels are generally made of mahogany. The upper part is covered with highly varnished leather, and the insides generally lined with woollen cloth stuffed with horsehair. Coaches requiring to be finished in a higher style, are some- times lined with velvet, silk, or morocco leather. The business of a Coach-maker is divided into different branches, such as the body makers, the carriage makers, the trimmers, the body and herald painters, and smniths. A Coach-maker is obliged to have a licenice, and give an account of all the car- riages he makes and to whom he sells them, E
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