As the winter clean at Arlington is now in full swing the carriages are getting some extra tlc. One of our most important carriages in the collection is the ‘Knole’ State Coach.
It was built around 1860 by Peters and Son, London, for George John Sackville-West, the 5th Earl de la Warr (1791-1869). The Earl de la Warr married Elizabeth, daughter of the 3rd Duke of Dorset at Knole in Kent in 1813. Although they spent most of their married life at Buckhurst Park in East Sussex, the coach was always kept at Knole were they were married and it remained there after George died in 1869 until the 1980’s when it was given to the Carriage Museum at Arlington Court. The silver plated fittings and furniture are unusually fine, including crested door handles, snake head body loops decorated with acanthus leaves, and heavily ornamented lamps.
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