Large Crane Neck Phaeton

Original price was: £25.00.Current price is: £17.50.

Published 1962 © Hugh Evelyn Limited; artist Alan Osbahr;
c. 34 x 24 cm (13″ x 9″) on high white matt cardstock of 115 g/m²;
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An open, four-wheeled, doorless carriage, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. It contained one or two seats, usually had a folding, or falling, top, and was owner-driven (it had no outside driver’s seat). More reasonably constructed and graceful phaetons were the mail and the spider phaetons. The mail phaeton, used chiefly to convey passengers with luggage and as a traveling and posting carriage, was so named because it was constructed with mail springs originally designed for mail coaches. Double phaetons had two seats, and extension-top phaetons resembled better surreys and simpler cabriolets. There was also the heavier mail phaeton used chiefly to carry passengers with luggage and named for its construction, using “mail” springs originally designed for use on mail coaches. The spider phaeton, of American origin and made for gentlemen drivers, was a high and lightly constructed carriage with a covered seat in front and a footman’s seat behind. Fashionable phaetons used at horse shows included the Stanhope, typically having a high seat and closed back, and the Tilbury, a two-wheeled carriage with an elaborate spring suspension system, with or without a top. A variation of this type of a carriage is called a Victoria, with a retractable cover over the rear passenger compartment. Queen Elizabeth II each June from 1978 to 2011 during the official Queen’s Birthday celebrations, when she travelled to and from Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade rode in an ivory-mounted phaeton carriage made in 1842 for her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

Felton’s Description

This being more weighty than a perch phaeton, is more solid on its bearings, but as the body is hung over the fore bearings, or axletree, great care should be observed in  turning short, lest by the height of the body and weight of the passengers it should  overpoise, which is the only danger to be apprehended from them; on every other account  they are to be preferred, as being a pleasant and easy vehicle to ride in, and, for the appearance,  has much the superiority over every other kind of open carriages in use. They are peculiarly  convenient for gentlemen to travel with, who are fond of driving, and as many conveniences  for carrying luggage may be added, as would be necessary for a long journey, almost as many  as to a travelling post chaise. The expense for building such a carriage in the superior  manner and furnishing with conveniences is very great, and nearly on a par with the chariot. 

The Carriage is a crane neck, with a Square Trunk Boot, raised on neat carved Blocks, a large Platform Budget behind, raised with blocks, large hind and fore spring Blocks neatly carved, Patent Wheels with Moulded Fellies, Patent Cylinder Axletrees and Boxes. The Body, a Step Piece with Springs at the fore end, real Doors, and a Sword Case, a Round Head made on a frame to take off, with a pair of Wings to put on occasionally; a Knee Boot to take off, lined with Superfine Cloth, and trimmed with a 2½ inch lace, a Wilton Carpet, a double Step to hang on occasionally. The Plating with silver, with small 2-8th moulding in double rows all round the Pannels, the Door, and Sword Case ends. A large 5-8th moulding round the front of the Head, the top and bottom behind, and round the sides of the Boot, six silver scroll ornaments, the Check brace Rings, the Collars and star bolt heads of the Body Loops, the outside wheel Hoops, Pole Hook and Worm Springs Plated. The Painting ornamented with rich Striping, Mantles with small arms and crest on the Pannels, which are high varnished, the mouldings of the Carriage picked out three colours, the Sword Case and Doors japanned, the Carriage varnished, the Braces common, with whole Buckles, the pole pieces French, a set of Splinter Bars mounted with plated iron work. First charge for a large crane neck phaeton £61 9s 6d. [William Fenton, 1794]

First charge for a large crane neck£6196
A square trunk boot500
Neat fore budget blocks2100
A raised hind platform1100
A platform or luggage boot800
Large hind spring blocks440
Large fore ditto100
Patent wheels with moulded fellies3190
Patent cylinder axletrees and boxes*2246
A set of splinter bars150
Real doors200
A Sword case back1100
A pair of single elbow springs100
A round head lined with cloth, made on an iron frame13100
A pair of wings with plated frames3150
A knee boot to take of240
A hanging step with double treads220
The lining with superfine cloth200
Trimmed with a 3 1/2 inch lace0106
Fifty feet of 2-8th plated moulding366
Twenty-six feet of 5-8th ditto396
Six scrolls in silver140
Six check-brace rings plated140
Four star head bolts for body loops ditto0100
Four collars for ditto1120
A pair of worm springs ditto300
A set of wheel hoops ditto with cased metal300
A pole hook plated1180
The ferrels and loops for the splinter bars ditto1150
The pannels painted with 9 feet of rich ornamented striping4100
Four small mantles with the arms and crests in each2120
The pannels high varnished2100
The mouldings of the carriage picked out three colours250
The carriage varnished0150
A pair of point straps030
A pair of cross check braces0106
French pole pieces with plated buckles0120

Additional information

Dimensions 38 × 25.5 cm