This showman`s caravan is of high quality, well engineered living accommodation; in its time, it was probably the best money could buy, attainable to only a few. It is therefore no wonder that Coco, the most famous and most successful clown of his era and beyond, would have required a caravan of this quality. he was one of the greatest celebrities before WW2 when `the circus coming to town` was a major event. It was Coco`s (Nicolai Poliakoff`s accomodation whilst working for the famous Bertram Mills Circus; A letter of authenticity dated 20/12/1979 from Poliakoff``s daughter, Tamara Hassani, is supplied with the caravan, together with other items of interest, including a copy of “Coco the clown by himself, Nicoli Poliakoff”, signed by Poliakoff that was written during the period he was using this caravan.
The pre-war Burlingham Showmans Caravan is built on a Leasons two wheeled, cable braked chassis. The beautifully constructed residence is fitted out with maple and mahogany interior with a rosewood ceiling. The built-in cabinets have attractive bright cut, polished glass installed, some of which have curved glass tear drop emblems which are matched on the exterior windows. The roof has a raised lantern style centre section with opening `sky-light windows.
The caravan retains its original fitments, including interior lamps with glass globes, a queenie stove, cooker, blinds, chest of draws/writing desk and the aforementioned cabinets. On the outside, the original `funnelled` rain drip tubes are still in place, together with the chrome hand manoevuvring bars fitted on each end.
The caravan has been exhibited at classic transport rallies, It has toured france on a regular basis towed by a Bentley Mk V1 Saloon.
Overall length (including drawbar): 19` 9” Width 7` Height: 10`2” !Approximate weight: 2 Tons.
Please note the caravan models in the glass cabinets and large ceramic clown, freestanding chair are not included in this sale.
Serious interest only please.
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