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Lot 245

1902 Abbott-Downing Yellowstone-Western 11-Passenger Stagecoach "Sheridan"

Sold for $43,700

Please note that this lot is offered on a Bill of Sale.

  • Offered from a private collection
  • Single ownership since 1990
  • Fewer than 30 examples known to survive
  • Amazing level of finish and detail throughout
  • Fascinating piece of American history

The Abbott-Downing Company, of Concord, New Hampshire, was established in 1813 by J.S. Abbott and Lewis Downing. It built what would become known as the industry standard in stagecoaches. Within a few years, in fact, the Abbott-Downing product became known simply as the “Concord Coach,” of which this example is a fine survivor.

This stagecoach, serial number 22891, was received by the Monida-Yellowstone Stage Company on 10 April 1903 at the cost of $483. Monida-Yellowstone named its coaches after famous features in Yellowstone National Park; the “Sheridan,” as this coach was dubbed, was named after Mt. Sheridan, a 10,298-foot peak named in honor of a Union general in the American Civil War.

The Sheridan was operated by the Monida-Yellowstone Stage Company, who later changed its name to Yellowstone-Western Stage Company, from 1903–1915. In 1916, the National Park Service discontinued horse-drawn transportation within park boundaries and sold the coach to Charles Bovey in Virginia City, Montana. The consignor, of Twin Bridges, Montana, purchased the Sheridan from the Bovey family in 1990. Following its purchase, the coach was fully restored to original specifications by Dave Engel of Joliet, Montana.

Fewer than 30 vintage Yellowstone National Park stagecoaches are known to survive, and this fine example is positively opulent in its finishes and historical significance.

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