Tandem Cart

tandemL. E. Perrren
Buffalo, New York
Circa 1890

This type of cart was also known in the U.S. as a “going-to-cover cart” because the design of the body was copied from a well-known print of that name by Charles Cooper Henderson, a London artist. Because of its height, the body is mounted on four steel slides, along which it can be moved to correct the balance by a screw device operated from the rear. The panels are of whitewood, carved by machine to imitate basket work, and it is normal to paint them in straw color or some similar shade.
Mr. Seabrook bought the cart with several other carriages from Ben W. Colburn of Tulare, California, in June, 1961. Nothing is known of its previous owners.

Perren was best known as a maker of racing sulkies and similar light vehicles, and it may be that the tandem cart was made by some other builder through the agency of Perren.

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