Auction: Chance to own a piece of Pietermaritzburg’s rich history

2012-11-15 00:00

A PIECE of charming olde worlde Pietermaritzburg history will go on auction this weekend.

The “Spider Carriage”, made in Pietermaritzburg by B. Ireland & Sons in 1911, is one of a Pietermaritzburg collector’s pieces that will be sold at Maritzburg Auctioneers on Saturday.

The owner of the elegant carriage, Laurie Byloo, told The Witness he bought it almost 25 years ago and restored it for one of his daughters’ weddings. He has three daughters and one of them used the carriage at her wedding seven years ago.

He said the carriage was called a spider carriage because of its delicate wheels. What made it special was that it was manufactured in Pietermaritzburg.

“There are many other carriages in museums, but we could prove this one was manufactured in Pietermaritzburg.”

He did not know who owned it before him or any of its history.

He described it as having been a luxury transport vehicle for the wealthy in its heyday.

“It has four wheels and was drawn by two horses; it was a comfortable ride.” He said it was probably considered the “Mercedes-Benz” of its day.

Byloo said he bought the carriage because he loved old things.

“I collect anything that is old, but I have reached a stage where, although I still love it, I have to move on from that to other things.

“I have decided to sell it because I do not have space for it. You need a garage to keep it, and storage space is expensive. You can’t spend R800 a month on storage. It is time for someone else to enjoy it,” he said.

There are other antique collectables being auctioned on Saturday too, including a buggy carriage, Victorian cast iron pillars, cast iron brackets and shelves.

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