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Catalog Number 1973.429
Description c. 1890 Horse Gig has a spindle back rest. Gig is black with red striping on body and wheels. Monogramed with "WPR." Brewster & Co. side lamps. Fabric cushioned seat covers are maroon in color.
Object Name Gig
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title c. 1890 Horse Gig
Date c. 1890
Creator Brewster
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "WPR" (monogram)
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-55 W-65 D-121.5 inches
Search Terms Carriage
Carriages
Filoli
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P (Mrs.)
Roth, William P.
Subjects Carriages & coaches
Transportation
People Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P.
Roth, William P. Mrs.