Description

    An American Trolley Car Fruit Cart

    Unknown maker, American
    Late 19th/early 20th century
    Iron, glass, wood, rubber
    Unmarked
    100 inches high x 132 inches wide x 51 inches deep


    This restored fruit cart trolley is fully functional and very attractive with its etched glass, bright paint and fine oak upper frame and canopy. The 33-inch wheel base has rubber covered red iron wheels and a tongue attached to the front for pulling. The rear has a knuckle style coupler for attachment to another car.

    This type of car was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s when street vendors were a common sight on America's city streets. This car has complete glass intact with 'Fresh Fruit' etched on the middle pane back glass between two highly-etched panes with floral designs. The front and rear glasses have the same floral etching and the curb side of the car has a fold down glass window to allow access to the interior of the car. Inside, a slatted wooden shelf can be lifted to display the fruits that the vendor would offer. A galvanized tin reservoir with a drain hole is fitted inside at the edge of the car acting as an ice receptacle to chill items for the vendor and his customers.

    Provenance:
    Golden Movement, Los Angeles (1979)

    The canopy over the car gives the fruit cart a San Francisco 'cable car' look.


    Condition Report*:

    Completely restored, the car is in excellent condition.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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