Archduke Franz Ferdinand's Funeral Carriage
Civic Museums of Udine: new perspectives on the provenance of a funeral carriage. Most likely it's the same carriage that transported Archduke Franz Ferdinand's body in Trieste after his assassination in Sarajevo (1914). Through detailed archival research, the curators of the Civic Museums of Udine have reconstructed the provenance of the funeral carriage which has belonged to the Municipality of Udine since 1931 and is preserved in the Museo Etnografico del Friuli's storage. Most likely it is the same carriage that, on 2 July 1914, transported the body of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Habsburg during the historic homage that the city of Trieste paid to the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne in the turmoil that paved the way to the outbreak of the First World War. The management of the Civic Museums of Udine hopes that the carriage can soon be restored with the contribution of some patrons.