A Glimpse into History: The Mid-19th Century Horse-Drawn Hearse with Civil War Provenance
This Mid-19th Century Horse-drawn Hearse was last seen for sale in Medford, Oregon for $9000.
Take a step back in time with a remarkable piece of history – the mid-19th century horse-drawn hearse, now available for auction. This beautifully restored hearse is a testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era and comes with a fascinating Civil War provenance. Attributed to Nuffer and Lippe of New York based on a catalog illustration published in Michael D’Amato’s “Horse-Drawn Funeral Vehicles” (2004), it shares striking similarities with a hearse from the collection of Museum Village in Monroe, NY.
A Piece of History Unveiled
Measuring a full-sized 156″ in length from the front tree ring to the back door handle, this hearse is an impressive relic. Its width spans 70.5″ from the outside of one wheel hub to the other, with a height of approximately 81″. Notable features include original curved front and back panel glass, curved molded trim, and intricate fabric interior lining. The hearse boasts original brass hardware, brass coffin rollers, brass side rails, flower vases, and an owner’s plaque – all contributing to its authentic charm.
This historic gem also includes two brass oil lanterns, an upholstered leather seat cushion, and a boot cover. For practicality, it comes equipped with rubber-rimmed wheels, a single sulky hitch, and a double-tree hitch and tongue for driving use.
A Journey Through Time and Provenance
The hearse’s provenance adds an intriguing layer to its history. It was originally owned by the Falconer Brothers Undertakers of New Market, Frederick County, Maryland, who operated during the American Civil War. Evidence of the company’s legacy was discovered during restoration when the original brass name plaques were found hidden beneath the coffin bed. New Market, situated close to the battle of Monocacy and Frederick, MD, was a significant location during the Civil War, with several of the Falconer men serving in the Confederate Army and documented as slave owners.
The hearse later found its way to the Rohr Museum, a private vehicle collection in Manassas, VA, before being acquired by Darkwing Manor at auction in 1998. Unfortunately, in 1999, the hearse was damaged in a hit-and-run incident, leading to a two-year, $10,000 restoration at Lloyd’s Harness and Carriage Shop in Earlysville, VA.
As a piece of living history, this horse-drawn hearse has been used seasonally as a static prop and stored in a covered building for many years. Now, it awaits a new custodian to continue its storied journey through time. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a piece of the past and become the keeper of a fascinating slice of history.
This Mid-19th Century Horse-drawn Hearse was last seen for sale for $9000 in Medford, Oregon, USA.