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Antique Wooden Dog Carrier by Absalom Backus, Jr & Sons with Label circa 1902



A fabulous antique wooden domed top dog carrier or crate by Absalom Backus Jr & Sons, circa 1902. The carrier has an original brass-encased paper label above front door "Valuable Dog. Please Feed and Water". It features a domed roof with metal water chute located directly above interior water bowl, a spring-loaded chute under the front door stenciled "Dog Biscuit," original metal reinforcements, latches, carrying handles and casters. Absalom Backus, Jr. (1824-1901) and his sons were manufacturers of dog crates and woven boxes in Detroit, and Henry M. Backus patented this dog crate in 1902. A round Backus tag appears above the door of the carrier. These carriers or crates were common for ship or train travel. Very good overall condition, with a few minor surface slat losses and warps, other imperfections and expected wear from age and use. Dimensions: 28 in H x 32 in W x 19.25 in D.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Depth: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1902
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Milford, NH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 74721stDibs: LU933920323322

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    Ships From: Milford, NH
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