Treasure #84 Baby carriage

Wicker Baby carriage

Wicker Baby carriage

This highly-detailed wicker baby carriage, topped with a pretty parasol and perched high on smooth-riding spoked wheels, was made ca. 1880 by the Haywood Brothers, at the height of the Victorian craze for fashionable baby transport. In fact, the era was called the “Golden Age of Carriages” and both the Sears & Roebuck and Marshall Field catalogs featured pages of various models and dozens of styles. The Victorian mother was obsessed with ventilation and airiness, and this durable, lightweight carriage fulfilled that mandate. By 1900, however, fancy wickerwork of this type was considered garish and overdone, and trendier moms selected Mission-style buggies instead.

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