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Catalog Number 1973.425
Description c. 1890 Ladies' Brougham. The elite of the Carriage Trade, this Ladies Brougham has original tufted leather upholstery. Painted black with striping detail. Drawn by a single horse or a pair.
Object Name Brougham
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title c. 1890 Ladies' Brougham
Date c. 1890
Creator Brewster
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 The Ladies' Brougham took its name and developed from the "odd little kind of garden chair" (as described by Sir Thomas Moore) which the first Lord Brougham had made by a coachman to his own design.
It was the first carriage to which modern principles of coach building were applied. The Brougham has a heavy body and is reached by a single step. A safe and economical carriage, it can be drawn by one or two horses. When two horses are used, a groom accompanies the coachman.

Currently in storage and not available for viewing.
Dimensions H-77.5 W-66 D-130 inches
Search Terms Carriage
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P (Mrs.)
Subjects Carriages & coaches
Coach drivers
People Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P. Mrs.