In the Victorian times, no funeral was complete without a ceremony of horses wearing ostrich plumes and elaborate Horse Drawn Hearse’s. Dependant upon an elaborate funeral in the late 1800’s would consist of a horse drawn hearse hitched to four black horses wearing plumes of ostrich feathers and velvet drapes to cover the horses. Traditionally black carriages and black horses wearing black plumes were used for an adult funeral and white horses wearing white plumes were used for the funeral of children and youths. By the 19th century, wooden hearses were becoming more elaborate with intricately carved flowers, doves and scrolls, and heavy velvet draperies hung on both sides of the carriage. Hearses were usually crafted from mahogany wood. In 1850, Crane, Breed & Company of Cincinnati began producing metal caskets. Four years later the company was also building horse-drawn hearses. Into the mid 1900’s an ever declining number of funeral directors continued using horse drawn hearses and were virtually replaced by the motor powered hearses we see so much of today. Their death finally came in the 1950’s when many horse drawn hearses were scrapped, others were moth-balled in barns or few went to collectors or museums. In 1984 a London Funeral Director’s reintroduced them. Even now 100 years later the elegance and style of a horse drawn funeral precession still make heads turn.
Your loved one deserves to be commemorated with dignity, and a elegant horse-drawn hearse can provide exactly that. Our Hearse can be used as a alternative to modern automobile hearses or in addition to depending on the length of travel required. Our elegant glass enclosed black horse drawn hearse is a option that signifies honor and grace.
We know this is a difficult time for your family. That’s why our well trained staff will handle every detail of the funeral procession with professionalism. We work with Funeral Directors throughout Florida.
Our Driver and footman are dressed in traditional Victorian livery and have extensive knowledge, world class training, and experience. Our horses have been well trained to stand quietly and are very good in automobile traffic.
Our Gold Medal Service and exquisite horses and carriages are guaranteed to impress!
Transport your loved one to their final resting place in a beautiful black glass-enclosed hearse pulled by a team of well trained Clydesdale horses.
In addition to our horse drawn hearse, we also offer vintage horse drawn carriages for the Family by request:
We are available on short notice and serve South Florida and Central Florida; including Stuart, Palm City, Palm Beach, Lantana, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Royal Palm, Coral Gables, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Sarasota, Tampa, Key Largo, Port St Lucie, Key Biscayne, Jupiter, Kissimmee, Miami, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Okeechobee, South Beach, Tampa, Kissimmee, Wellington, Loxahatchee, Boynton Beach, Winter Garden.
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