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Catalog Number 1973.428
Description c. 1890 Roth Pony Gig manufactured by Studebaker San Francisco (printed on seat/round brass on seat). Gig is black with blue striping. Seat cushions are upholstered with brown fabric.
Object Name Gig
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title c. 1890 Roth Pony Gig
Date c. 1890
Creator Studebaker Bros.
Role Manufacturer
Provenance -From the Roth Collection at Filoli.
-The Roth Collection is particularly significant as all of the carriages were built by one of the two Brewster firms in New York City, producers of the finest quality vehicles for America's leading families. The National Carriage Association in Staten Island has the original records of the Brewster Company. Since Roth carriages were produced for use in California, they evidence some special changes to adapt them to their owner's way of living. As of June 10, 1973, each carriage was in superb condition, never having been restored. Each carriage bears an individual registration number from the factory. The carriages were built almost entirely of wood, and many coats of paint were applied, each coat rubbed and polished until it was mirror-smooth. As the paint of that era dried slowly, there often was more than a week's wait between the application of coats.
Notes Pony and horse gigs are designed to have a dashing sporty appearance. They are essentially the same in construction. The larger horse gig features lanterns and a backrest. Some drivers consider gigs to be somewhat unsafe because of their high center of gravity.

Gig is currently in storage and not available for viewing.
Dimensions H-47.75 W-59.5 D-109 inches
Search Terms Carriage
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Roth, Lurline
Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P (Mrs.)
Subjects Carriages & coaches
Pony carts
People Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P. Mrs.