Interior of the new Royal Southampton State Carriage, 1844. 'This superb carriage has been constructed by the Southwestern Railway Company...from the design and under the superintendence of Mr. Joseph Beattie...for the conveyance of her Majesty [Queen Victoria], the Prince Consort, and the young royal family, to and from their marine residence in the Isle of Wight...The draperies throughout are of crimson and white figured satin damask...the carpet is of the finest Axminster manufacture; beneath it, and between the framework and body of the carriage, is a layer of the patent Kamptulicon (composition of cork and Indian rubber) which entirely prevents the unpleasant vibration incident to railway travelling'. From "Illustrated London News", 1844, Vol V.
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