Royal Carriage (AM1601/01) 1/24 scale, 9-1/2 inches long.
A beautifully detailed wooden model kit of the Egyptian Royal Carriage for Maria Cristina of Borbone, for the Carnival Gala in Turin, Italy, in 1819. The kit includes pre cut wooden parts, machined turned wooden spokes and columns, brass decoration, velvet paper for the inner carriage lining, brass chains, and gilded metal Egyptian figure. The included detailed set of plans and building instructions make construction easy!
Maria Christina became a central character in the history of Spain for 50 years after her marriage to the King of Spain in 1829. Born in Palermo, Sicily on 27 April 1806, she was the daughter of King Francis I of the Two Sicilies by his second wife, Maria Isabella of Spain. On 27 May 1829, Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony, the third wife of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, died. Ferdinand VII, old and ill, had not sired a male heir, sparking a succession duel between the Infanta Maria Francisca and the Infante Carlos, and the Infanta Luisa Carlotta and the Infante Francisco de Paula. Ferdinand VII declared his intention to marry and assembled the Council of Castile, who tasked the King with remarriage. Following Luisa Carlotta’s suggestion, Ferdinand VII sent for Maria Christina, his niece, who had already given birth to a child and pleased the King’s eyes. The two were wed on 12 December 1829 at the Church of the Atocha
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