We picked up our new Bird in Hand Sport Phaeton the other day (built in 2014) ,which is a dark navy with wheat pinstriping and upholstery, wood wheels and no breaks and it is just stunning! We just love it and can’t wait to test drive it later this week with our good show harness to make sure everything works. I have a pleasure show next weekend and plan on using the carriage for that so of course want to try everything out before we show.
We do need to change a few things over as it has some chrome details and our turnout is brass, so I do have some new brass tips for the shafts and some brass footmans loops which we will put on later this week. The only thing I missed was the buckles on the seats! I missed it from the pictures we bought the carriage off of and I never ordered anything to change them over, so I’ll have to do that at some point.
I would also like to get some lamp brackets made as we do have carriage lamps and I think it would finish the turnout perfectly. One step at a time though! Maybe get them made through the winter…
Unfortunately the wheel looked like it had some damage, perhaps in transport before it arrived to us. We were so fortunate to actually be at a car show when the carriage arrived and asked some friends for help. They were able to buff the scratches out of the paint and there were a lot of professional pinstripers there (they have competitions all weekend) and one came over to fix and match the pinstriping for a small donation to a charity. So it was all fixed up within a day and is ready to show!
I’ll post some pictures later this week after we hook our pony for our test drive