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Here is a more detailed look at the base of my “King of the Road” Gypsy Vanner.The horse is called a “vanner”, because it pulls a “van” or wagon or more properly a Vardo (the Romani term). These were the moving homes of “the travelers” or the Gypsies.

There were several (five or six) types, each had its peculiarities best suited to its specific purpose, but all had the same basic core features. The “Bow Top” is probably the image that comes to most peoples minds when they imagine a Gypsy caravan. It is the type most in use. My wagon represents a style called “Reading”. It consists of a straight sided box with a domed roof, a long top dormer for interior head room and skylights, casement side window with shutters, and a front “porch”. On the back was a hinged working platform above a pan box. All this was mounted on a chassis with strong high wheels that aided in the crossing of streams.

The interior was compact and comfortable. You entered through a half front door.(The door was whole, but the top portion could be opened) On the left was always the stove. This stove kept the interior comfortable even during severe winters. It was always located on the left (as you entered, on the right exterior) as these wagons traveled in Europe and the British Isles on the left side of the road. With the chimney pipe on the “off” side, this meant generally less interference with roadside overhanging branches. The remaining interior consisted of cabinets, storage, dresser and bed, all compact and at hand. If you looked into the interior of my wagon, you’ld see painted walls, cove molding and an oriental rug on the floor.

These vans were as elaborate as the owners could afford. Often hand made, many were built by craftsmen. These were elaborately carved, painted and often gilded. Mine is intended to capture the flare and color of these often very beautiful wagons. This one comes with its own Vanner.

King of the Road - detail Gypsy Vardo (Installments Gladly Accepted)

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: foam core, illustration board, balsa wood, metal, sculpy, various colored paint
  • Ships worldwide from Wisconsin, United States
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