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Catalog Number 1973.427
Description c. 1890 Governess' Cart. Because of its wicker body and four wheels, this small vehicle is rare. A governess' cart usually has two wheels. Thus, if the horse pulling the cart were to rear, the passengers could be thrown out. This vehicle is designed so that such an accident cannot happen. The cart is used to transport children to school and on outings, and is driven by a governess. Children would occasionally use it for driving ponies.
Object Name Cart, Governess
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title c. 1890 Governess' Cart
Date c. 1890
Creator Unknown
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 This carriage currently in storage and not available for viewing.
Dimensions H-48 W-58 D-65.5 inches
Search Terms Carriage
Horse Drawn Vehicles
Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P (Mrs.)
Subjects Baskets
Carriages & coaches
Carts & wagons
People Roth, Lurline Matson
Roth, William P. Mrs.