[Windsor, VT?]: No stated publisher, [1820s]. Peabody, Moody Morse. No stated edition. Unbound sheet. Stipple engraving of a coaching scene. Caption reads "Engraved by Peabody, for Simon Ide, Windsor, Vermont." Printed on one side of thin paper. Ca. 13 x 5 1/2 inches. Wrinkled; large piece torn away from upper left and a smaller piece from the bottom; later paper support on back. Cut from a larger sheet of paper. Plate indentations present on all four sides. The original copperplate is in the New Hampshire Historical Society. A version of this image was used on the cover of a copybook used by a child in the 1850s. Peabody also engraved the famous "Freemasons Heart." Fair. Item #30564
The scene shows an oval carriage pulled by four white horses through rolling New England hills. Five passengers fit snugly inside; the driver has no need to use his whip just now. In the right background a sidewheel steamer approaches a river bend. The popular light-weight oval vehicle shown here was later replaced by the sturdier and larger Concord coach. Ide was printing various Vermont newspapers around the time of this engraving. Its original purpose is unknown--a proof for a stage line schedule? Rare.