A page from the catalogue of the coach builders James Henderson & Co, c 1860s.
James Henderson started out in business as a coach builder in 1838. After his death in 1865 his two sons kept the family-run company going. One of the sons, Archibald, served an apprenticeship with Hendersons before moving to England to work in several London carriage-making businesses. He then travelled to Paris to work with A Dupont, a famous Parisian carriage designer and to study at the Chambre Syndicale des Carossiers.
Archibald's wealth of experience was a great asset to the company when he finally returned to Glasgow. Hendersons were regarded as the most fashionable coach builders in Scotland.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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