Serial No. 348
Buchanan & Co.
(on axle:) 1905
Carriages called sociables were made in England during the
18th century. They were open coachman-driven carriages with two seats
for passengers placed across the carriage and facing each other. According
to Sir Walter Gilbey in his book "Modern Carriages" (1905),
sociables began to be built again in England about 1895 as open coachman-driven
carriages for ladies. In America, a sociable is sometimes called a vis-à-vis.
The Buchanan sociable was one of a number of carriages sent to New York
to be sold for the benefit of certain charities by the Mayor of Hamilton,
Bermuda, after motor vehicles were allowed for private use on the island
in 1946. The sociable was presented to Mr. Seabrook for his part in
finding buyers for the other carriages, through the agency of Max Kriendler,
one of the owners of the 21 Club, New York, as referred to in
the description of the game cart trap.
Buchanan & Co. was a substantial carrriage-building firm in Glasgow,
serving the well-to-do families of that busy city and the neighbouring