The full-size original of this costermonger's barrow is in the Paulton's museum in Hampshire. This pony drawn version, or similar style hand pushed carts were used by travellers to hawk pegs and wooden flowers to tramps and occasionally to poorer gypsies, who in turn, would sell them on to their customers.
This example has shafts fitted to enable a donkey, pony or small horse to be used to reduce the human effort required. This version with shafts fitted was much used in London and the surrounding areas.
The Ray Amphlett Collection