Alas, Blogger went into picture-overload, and I must split up these carriage images from the TNHG trip to Colonial Williamsburg. Here are the last handful of Lord Dunmore's carriage.
I mentioned previously that the carriage sits high above the ground. To give you perspective on this, I asked Coachman Susan to stand beside the door – that would make for quite a jump up or down!
Fortunately, a footman is always at hand to unfold these little built-in steps to the pavement. They fold and unfold quickly, with a satisfying clatter, not unlike a Jacob's Ladder toy. I imagine that it was probably a nice, showy move for a footman to make, unfolding them before His Lordship stepped out.
This carriage was one of the perks of being a royal governor, much like a limo and driver would be to an ambassador today. To show exactly how grand Lord Dunmore was, here's his full title: His Excellency the Right Honourable John Earl of Dunmore, His Majesty's lieutenant and governour general of the colony and dominion of Virginia, and vice admiral of the same.