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Catalog Number 1973.422
Description 1901 Omnibus or Opera Bus. Black coach has an open seat at front for driver and an enclosed body for passengers with windows on all four sides. It has headlights on each side and gray rubber tires. Body 367 lbs., completed 1263 lbs. Patterned after a French luxury vehicle and later used for public transportation (San Francisco's first stage is said to have been an old French omnibus). Popular in transporting theatre-goers since the convenient access made it easy for ladies in long gowns to alight. Has original glass and bell for the coachman.
Object Name Omnibus
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title 1901 Omnibus or Opera Bus
Date May 16, 1901
Creator Brewster
Role Manufacturer
Provenance -Sold to William Bourn on May 16, 1901.
-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 Currently in storage and not available for viewing.
Dimensions H-82 W-72.5 D-116 inches
Search Terms Bourn, William
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P (Mrs.)
Subjects Buses
Carriages & coaches
Operas & operettas
People Bourn, William
Roth, Lurline Matson