Kinross Cab Fronted Gig

A Kinross Cab Fronted Gig

This gig was sold at auction for £1950 at the Reading Carriage Sales on Wednesday 18th April 2001 by Thimbleby & Shorland, Auctioneers.

Lot 48 in the sale catalogue was described as follows:

“A cab fronted gig by William Kinross & Sons, Stirling to suit a 14-2 to 15-2 hands high horse.  This is a delightful and unusual Gig, which would enhance any private collection or museum, being in a desirable original condition.  The deep, curved body, with seating for up to four, is finished in royal blue and black vertical stripes, surmounted with wicker panels all round; the undercarriage is in royal blue with black and sky blue lining.  The concave front dash, which gives the carriage its name, is in black patent leather, as are the shaped mud guards; the adjustable seat is upholstered in wool cloth, and has a blue melton apron attached to it.  A very similar example is illustrated in Sallie Walrond’s book, Looking At Carriages, this one also having the drop tail board to access the storage area, held by neat clips to the top, plus triple springs and patent leather backed stirrup steps.  This fine carriage has until recently been part of a small private collection from a Scottish estate.  Similar examples were produced by other leading builders such as Mills of Paddington and Morgan & Co. of Long Acre.”

You can see the "Kinross triple springs" on these photographs of a square gig.

This gig was re-entered as Lot 56 into the following Reading Carriage Sale on 23rd May 2001, but it was not sold.  It is now reputed to be in a private collection in Ireland.

Driver's seat
The Kinross Cab Fronted Gig at auction
Cab Gig Wheel