Gigs & Carts – Coson Carriage Tour

Dennett Gig

The Dennett Gig takes its name from the Dennett spring which takes its name from…Oh well, we’re not too sure. The Dennett springing systems is actually made up of 3 springs – 2 at the ends and 1 crosswise. Bridges Adams, who wrote one of the classic works on English Carriages, spreads a bit of gossip about the 3 dancing Dennett sisters who were exceedingly popular about the time the springs were first used. Thus, perhaps, it is from these lovely girls that the name is derived. The body of this carriage is quite like the Stanhope. It was built by the Kuhnle-Kutschen Company of Germany in 1986. As Tom Ryder points out in THE COSON CARRIAGE COLLECTION AT BEECHDALE*, “This gig is a good example of a traditional design adapted to modern materials and finish.”

Cocking Cart

The Dog-Cart is a common carriage among collectors. It was made with a ventilated compartment used to carry hounds to the fox hunt. Similarly the Cocking Cart was used to accommodate fighting cocks. Again, as in the case of the Dog-Cart, these carriages developed into pleasure carts and were rarely used to transport either cocks or hounds. This kind of vehicle would normally have been driven in tandem and that’s the reason for its height. This characteristic also makes it a difficult carriage to drive and it could easily have been thrown out of balance by any sudden movement of the groom in the rear. This is a contemporary reproduction of an original and it was accomplished by Dieter E. Gaiser, of Germany, in 1985. A choice piece among collectors would be one of the C.P. Kimball & Company’s high, six passenger Cocking Carts. It would probably have been pulled by 3 horses abreast. Kimball, a Chicago company, built such a vehicle in 1892.

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