This pram not only makes a great photo prop, place to show off your vintage doll collection or favorite potted plants, but at this time of year, it also makes a truly unique Christmas display! Pile in the greens, add some lights, holly and gifts, and place it where guests will see it as they enter your home.
This charming, antique 1920s - 1930s woven wicker* BABY DOLL CARRIAGE or BUGGY with braided wicker trim can reverse directions! The basket body pivots on the steel frame so 'baby' can face ahead or face you as you push the carriage. It's called a 360 degree "Turn-About" and is not commonly seen on wicker carriages. It is old and has original wooden wheels that sport little metal hubcaps.
~ Description and Condition ~
The wicker basket, which is more than likely made of a paper fiber type twisted material*--common to the era--sits on a spring steel frame. The carriage has wooden wheels with steel hubcaps and rubber tires. The solid rubber tires are intact but have varying gaps in the rubber--from just about touching with a 1/8th inch gap to a 5/8ths gap. The rubber has a steel cable/wire running through them, so they won't fall off. If using on carpeting, just put the gap side to the floor and the nap will hide much of the gap. If using in the house on hard surface or on a porch, you could either fill the gap with a black putty or just use as it is. Do study the photograph. More can be supplied.
The outside wicker is in very nice shape on this pram, as you can see in the photograph. It was once painted a jade-like green but has aged to its natural color. There are remnants of the original paint color, such as in the wooden bed under the upholstery and in nooks and crannies of the wicker. It could be repainted in its original color but many collectors would think it should be left as it is.
The upholstery is a camel color, wide wale corduroy. Unfortunately, it has a few spots on it and some shredded areas on the 'mattress' panel. There is a slit in the corner of the bonnet upholstery, below the window on the inner right side (see photo). It does not show when the bonnet is up or in the down position. Most people remove the lining if using with potted plants on a porch or in a sun room, etc. I left it in to use as it is or use to make a pattern for a new lining. It just thumbtacks in, so would come out pretty easily.
The Isinglass window on that same right side has yellowed and cracked. The other side has not cracked and is clear. You could just remove both of them and leave them open or replace the right one. The brake works on the right wheel side. (Could be adjusted if you needed it to work on both sides.) The carriage handle is made of wood.
~ Measurements ~
The buggy measures 35 inches tall off the floor, by 19 inches wide at the widest place on the outside of the bonnet turn screw knobs. The basket length is 28 inches long. Total length, from front grab handle to wooden carriage handle is about 40 inches. The bonnet exterior measures 17 1/2 inches across and the bed is 14 1/2 inches across. Basket interior dimensions are 12 inches by 24 inches. The wooden wheels are 10 1/2 inches in diameter.
One of the most interesting things about the carriage is the leather safety belt that has "DON"T KISS ME" embossed in it. I don't know if this was a popular sentiment in the 1920s to prevent babies from catching influenza, and they added it to this doll carriage for a touch of realism?
I could not find anything out about it on the internet but I did find information about the "360 Turn-About" on Allexperts [dot] c o m. They suggested this type of carriage might be a Whitney or Heywood-Wakefield. Whoever made it, it is a very nice piece for your collection.
Staging props not included. The pram is sold AS-IS, AS-SHOWN
I sell from a pet-free and smoke-free home.
I have had this carriage for about 30 years--it is time I passed it on so someone else can use it for a wonderful doll or stuffed animal display or for a spectacular display piece for your favorite potted plants and posies in your home, sun room or porch
Feel free to ask questions.
Payment is due in cash upon pickup.
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