Carl Walter Jewell, a retired Realtor and antiques collector who restored and drove vintage horse-drawn carriages in national competitions, died Friday of respiratory failure at the Brightwood Center nursing home in Brooklandville. He was 97.
A resident of the Villa Nova section of Baltimore County for 69 years, Mr. Jewell worked for a decade as a Realtor for Walter Reiter & Son until retiring in 1971. From 1950 until 1961, he owned Lincoln Realty and Bell Contractors, and developed Matapeake Farms, an Eastern Shore residential project.
Mr. Jewell was born Carl Walter Juelg in Washington, the son of German immigrant parents, and was raised in the Arlington section of Baltimore. He was a graduate of city public schools and studied architecture at the Maryland Institute and business at the Johns Hopkins University. .
Mr. Jewell, who changed the spelling of his name for business reasons, was a robust and gregarious man.
He favored finely tailored vested suits and good cigars, and enjoyed buying and selling maritime and equine antiques at the 1812 Antiques Barn, the Liberty Road shop that he operated for a number of years after retiring.
"He was eclectic, colorful and simply a great character," said his daughter, Katherine Jewell-Preston of New York City.
A man who had raced log canoes as a young man on the Chesapeake Bay and sailboats in later years, Mr. Jewell became fascinated with 19th-century horse-drawn carriages.
"He added on a shed at his home and began restoring carriages with my brother that he had purchased in Canada," Mrs. Jewell-Preston said.
He painstakingly restored a Kensington Trap that seats four, painted hunter green with maroon leather upholstery.
Not content with simply restoring his carriages, he joined the American Carriage Association and took them to annual meets from Maine to Virginia, including the famous Devon, Pa., horse show and the association's August meet in Newport, R.I.
"He'd wear his derby hat, and he was right there competing against the du Ponts and other famous people," said his son, Carl Douglass Jewel of Ocean City, N.J.
With his favorite horse, Patrick, hitched to his carriage, he drove them competitively, winning many awards. When it snowed in Baltimore, he'd hitch his horse to an antique sleigh and invite family and neighbors for an old-fashioned sleigh ride at his 5-acre Villa Nova farm.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's United Church of Christ, 1000 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville.
In addition to his children, he is survived by his wife of 70 years, the former Katherine A. Hoffman, a retired Baltimore public schools teacher, and two grandchildren. Another son, Thomas M. Jewell, died in 1945.