18th Century (Qing period); wood and bamboo construction, metal details.
This kind of horse-drawn carriage is a mode of transport for the nobility, and the kind high officials would take to go to the Imperial Court to pay homage to the Emperor. The lattice work on the carriage sides and back looks like it is rebar but the slats are really bamboo, which is known to be very strong. The 50″ diameter metal and wooden spoke wheels appear to have run over centuries-old cobblestone roads, accumulating much character.
This is a carriage for long travels by an official and not as marriage cart for a bride as it would be considered too rugged for a lady to be carried on her wedding day. There is a narrow-lidded compartment on the front part of the seat platform for the rider to keep his small personal belongings. This carriage is in excellent condition, waiting for a horse and leader!