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Two children's sledges

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Sledge (left), formerly owned by the Sarasin family of Basle, 2nd third of C19

sledge (right) made by Wagner Hungerbiihler, Kreuzlingen (Thurgau), formerly owned by the Basle family of Burckhardt Jacker, 1871

Sledge (left): height 57 cm, width 54 cm, length 90 cm

sledge (right): height 80 cm, width 50 cm, length 144 cm

Inv. 1947.138.

Inv. 1947.206.


Such sledges, pulled or pushed by hand, were used as prams in winter. Children of rich families, wrapped in warm furs, were taken to school in them by a housemaid or valet. When school finished the various servants waited outside to take the children home. The children were also taken to the skating rink in such sledges pushed by servants. The single seat sledge on the left is modelled on an elegant horse drawn sleigh and fitted with a draw bar. The two seat sledge on the right is designed for pushing. With its sideways facing seat and backrest made of lathe turned struts, this type of sledge was known as a 'Sackschlitten' (sack or bag sledge).

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