Restored 180-year-old Royal carriage set for auction

A horse-drawn carriage built for King William IV

A horse-drawn carriage built for King William IV Image by Michiel Elsevier Stokmans/Bonhams/PA Wire

A 180-year-old horse-drawn Royal carriage built for King William IV is expected to make up to £300,000 at an auction this spring.

The historic travelling landau has been expertly restored. The attractive Royal transporter has deep claret body panels decorated with royal crests and English pattern iron-shod red wheels with gold-leaf lining, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

The restored travelling landau with deep claret body panels

The restored travelling landau with deep claret body panels Image by Michiel Elsevier Stokmans/Bonhams/PA Wire

It was traditionally owned by the Royal Mews and dates back from 1835. The carriage was a means of transport in ferrying loyal representatives of the royal household across Britain and Europe with the chance that even the King himself may have travelled in it on long journeys.

Previously it has been owned by US collector James Coson whose book on landaus included a foreword by keen carriage driver the Duke of Edinburgh, who described the Coson Collection as "the pride of North America".

English pattern iron shod red wheels with gold leaf lining

English pattern iron shod red wheels with gold leaf lining Image by Michiel Elsevier Stokmans/Bonhams/PA Wire

The landau is due for auction on March 7 at Bonhams Carriage Collection sale in Oxford.

William IV reigned for a mere seven years from 1830 until 1837.

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