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    Default Kind of carriage

    What do you call this?

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    Default Re: Kind of carriage

    Quote Originally Posted by Rona 12 View Post
    What do you call this?
    The general term is "wagon". There probably is a specific term for this type of wagon but since trucks are used today I have no idea of what that term would be. It looks as though this wagon was designed to carry either dirt, rocks, or perhaps farm produce. I am certain that the people who built and used this wagon had a name for it. Since it is outdated now, it would take some research to find the correct name.

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    Default Re: Kind of carriage

    The hooks attached to the wheel hubs are interesting. I can't imagine what their purpose is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    The hooks attached to the wheel hubs are interesting. I can't imagine what their purpose is.
    If you click on the picture, there's some information on it in Czech.
    I used Google's online translation service, but I couldn't understand much of it.
    It seems to have been used to carry potatoes and beets, and this is all I learned from the translation.

    (Edit)I think I've found the key to solving the mystery of the 'hooks'.
    The 'wagon' seems to have been hung over a fireplace(,the reason for which I don't know), so the 'hooks' might have been used for that.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 17-Jun-2013 at 17:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    If you click on the picture, there's some information on it in Czech.
    I used Google's online translation service, but I couldn't understand much of it.
    It seems to have been used to carry potatoes and beets, and this is all I learned from the translation.

    (Edit)I think I've found the key to solving the mystery of the 'hooks'.
    The 'wagon' seems to have been hung over a fireplace(,the reason for which I don't know), so the 'hooks' might have been used for that.
    Thanks for the interest :) It says that the wheels had to be dried out above the blacksmith´s furnice before putting the metal parts on it. What I remember from old movies I can imagine a big pile of hay that is secured by strings attached to the hooks. Mystery solved :)

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    Default Re: Kind of carriage

    I would have called it a cart. It looks like it's designed to be pulled by a horse and "horse and cart" is a standard BrE phrase.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rona 12 View Post
    Thanks for the interest :) It says that the wheels had to be dried out above the blacksmith´s furnice before putting the metal parts on it. What I remember from old movies I can imagine a big pile of hay that is secured by strings attached to the hooks. Mystery solved :)
    From what you say, you could call it a 2-horse hay wagon. It makes more sense to secure the load of hay to the axles.
    (Apparently carts have two wheels - I didn't know that.)
    Here are some more hay wagons:
    Wagon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: Kind of carriage

    As it has to be hung over the blacksmith's fire, maybe there's your answer.

    This sort of wagon used to be called a wain but that word's archaic; you may come across this fossil. A famous painting by Constable is called 'The Hay Wain' (so the word must have been in use in Constable's day - early 19th century.

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    I would use cart today in BrE, despite Constable.

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