• Part 1 is about 19th century adult and Santa sleighs.
• Part 2 is about 19th centurychildren's sleighs.
Today's post is about 18th and 19th century royal sleighs with a token humorous nod to the 20th century.
Take this Russian royal sledge for example:
This sleigh is housed in the Kremlin in Moscow, where we find the oldest of the royal Russian conveyances. It is from the 18th century and was one of many to carry the royal court from city to city.
For example, when Catherine the Great (1729-1796) made her trip from St. Petersburg to Moscow for her coronation, she did it in 13 days in a sleigh similar to this.
According to the book, Russian Imperial Style, by Laura Cerwinske, Catherine’s sleigh was a "palace on runners! It contained a salon, library and bedroom all warmed by porcelain stoves. It had six windows and was wide enough for 8 people to pass abreast! Behind her sleigh was a procession of 19,000 horses and 14 large sleighs and 184 smaller ones carrying the royal court."
The questions for discussion over at the Inkwell today are:
- Have you ever visited a foreign museum?
- Which one and why?
- Which one would you like to visit if you had a chance?
I hope you enjoy your visit.