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Editors Susan Green & Don Peloubet
This the first comprehensive book on the subject of springs for the gears of horse-drawn vehicles—the culmination of years of research through the old trade journals for carriage builders as well as a cross referencing of the material with some 2,009 spring patents issued by the United States Patent Office.
Several classic works on the subject of springs have been reproduced, including John Foggett’s essay on the "Manufacture of Steel Carriage Springs," published in 1881, an "Essay On the Suspension of Carriages," by the noted English writer and builder William Phillipson, published in 1888 and “Prize Essay on Carriage Springs,” by J.L.H. Mosier, foreman blacksmith at the famous custom carriage builder Brewster & Co., New York.
The book also covers some of the historical technology of making the steel, history of the various designs, some of the machinery used, and information on spring manufacturers. A glossary, index, notes, footnotes, and bibliographies are included with cross references throughout. This is a valuable reference work for those interested in spring making at the high point of the carriage industry, anyone working on a period restoration of a horse-drawn vehicle and students of the period in general.
254 pages, Profusely illustrated with B&W drawings and period advertisements, Paperback.