Wood Brothers Carriage

c. 1860

Manufactured by Wood Brothers and Co. from NYC. The Seward crest on the doors indicates this carriage was among the most elaborate and expensive for the time. It has two rows of facing seats, a detached seat for the coachman and an extension top. Black and red trim painted on metal. This style carriage is termed a "barouche sociable." Carriage used by Seward family while in Washington.  Frances Seward said it resembled the carriage used by the Lincoln family "but the Seward horses were much better than the Lincoln horses."  The carriage was brought to Auburn, New York from Florida, New York in the early 1950's where it had been used in Florida, N.Y. for parades. This will be the carriage Seward experiences his nearly fatal accident.