MS6009 – Horse Drawn Hearse
Originally, the wooden or metal framework over the coffin was called a hearse. It was decorated with numerous spikes to hold burning candles. Sometime in the 17th century, people started using the word to refer to not only the construction above the coffin, but to the vehicle that carried the casket to the grave.
Early hearses were hand-drawn. As time went on, families started to choose rural cemeteries instead of traditional church grounds. Caskets had to be transported greater distances. People wanted to go out in style and ordered elaborately decorated coffins in exotic woods. The hearses became fancier and heavier. They needed horsepower, not manpower. The first American horse-drawn hearses date back to the mid nineteenth century. A typical horse-drawn hearse of that period cost about $1,500.
Historically accurate, highly detailed wood & metal model
Plans taken from an 1890 hook & ladder wagon on display at the Wayne County Historical Society, Ohio
Laser cut basswood & precision cast Britannia metal parts
Spoked wooden wheels with metal hubs
5 sheets of clearly drawn plans
48 page illustrated instruction manual
Length: 13'' / Width 5 '' / Height 8''