|Description||Made by Brewster and Co. Black paint with blue striping. Patent leather fenders; pair of Brewster lanterns. Without doors, lowslung and has a single forward-facing seat. Is driven by a coachman from a high seat and drawn by a single horse or a pair. Soft tufted-calf upholstery. Push hand-brake with steel blocks; child's seat and two foot cushions, apron and seat cover.|
|Collection||3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment|
|Title||1904 Victoria Carriage|
|Date||July 14, 1904|
-Purchased on July 14, 1904 for $14 by William Bourne, builder of Filoli.
-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.
The haughty Queen of Carriages, most delicately balanced and an outstanding vehicle of this type.
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_(carriage)] The victoria was an elegant French carriage, possibly based on a phaeton made for George IV. A victoria may be visualised as essentially a phaeton with the addition of a coachman's box-seat.
Currently in storage and not available for viewing.
|Dimensions||H-84 W-68.5 D-126 inches|
Roth, William P (Mrs.)