Museum Homepage

The San Mateo County Historical Association
Online Collections Database

The mission of the San Mateo County Historical Association is to inspire wonder and discovery
of the cultural and natural history of San Mateo County.

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number 1973.430
Description c. 1890 Ladies' Phaeton (also described as a George IV Phaeton). Two person carriage with cabriolet top. Front lanterns intact (Brewster & Co.). Black with blue striping. Black tufted upholstery. Designed with ladies in mind, this vehicle is rather low-slung to allow easy entry. A rumble seat in the rear is provided for the footman to accompany the coach. The convertible top is usually kept up but could be lowered if desired.
Object Name Phaeton
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title c. 1890 Ladies' Phaeton
Date c. 1890
Creator Brewster
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text Serial number 25805 on seat and rear axle.
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 Phaeton generally refers to a family of vehicles having speed and elegance and is characterized by light construction, no doors, a high seat and large wheels. The phaeton served as an efficient traveling vehicle and was favored by the adventurer-some sportsman who enjoyed "handling the ribbons" of his/her carriage. In other vehicles, the servants drove the owner.
This Ladies' Phaeton is in storage and currently not available for viewing.
Dimensions H-84.5 W-63 D-121 inches
Search Terms Carriage
Carriages
Filoli
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P (Mrs.)
Transportation
Subjects Carriages & coaches
Transportation
People Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P. Mrs.