Neat Town Chariot


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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This Town Chariot has a Salisbury boot and a hammer cloth. The body has a sword box at the back. There is a footman’s board at the back with footman’s holders. Painted green and black on the body with green undercarriage and yellow lining.  A travelling chariot was a privately owned post-chaise used for long journeys. Called a chariot because it transported two people on a single, forward-facing internal seat, set behind the doors. A coach was designed for four on two internal seats – a forward-facing seat behind the doors as in a chariot, but with a backward-facing seat opposite, set ahead of the doors. A travelling chariot was designed to be driven by postilions or post-boys. The carriage was directed by one or more postilions – men riding the horses pulling the carriage – rather than by a coachman sitting on a coach box which would obscure the travellers’ view. The postilions usually rode the horses on the left or near side. The pair of horses nearest the carriage was called the wheelers and the pair in front was called the leaders.

Fenton’s Description

There is no Carriage looks better than a genteel Chariot, and where much room for passengers is not necessary, none is more convenient, for being more light and airy than a Coach, it is much to be preferred on that account; on it, as few or as many ornaments may be exhibited as on the Coach, and with as good an effect, but for a Carriage in frequent use, it is best not to be too profuse with them, as it adds to the weight, and trouble in cleaning, as well as to the expense. To form a genteel Chariot, is to collect such materials as are light in their appearance, and of a fanciful device; the more novelty, if not to extremes, the more genteel the Carriage, but as that is a matter of fancy, it must be left to the occupier of the Carriage to make a choice; what is now most fashionable will only here be noticed. First Charge for a Town Chariot £93 12s 6d. [William Fenton, 1789]

The Carriage is a perch, with iron plated sides of the bent or crooked form, a whole Wheel front, an iron Coach-box on a square trunk Boot, raised on neat carved Blocks, a raised hind end with neat short Blocks, and footman Cushion with a plated top, and carved hind Standards, hooped tyre Wheels, with Moulded fellies, common Axletrees and boxes.

The Body with Round sides, a Sword case back, Contracted door Lights, lined with second cloth, trimmed with a 3½ inch lace, and swinging holders, a pair of silk Squabs, plate glasses with Lace glass frames, silk Spring-curtains. Venetian Blinds, sliding seat Boxes, a Wilton Carpet, double folding Steps. The Plating with silver, a small 3-8th moulding, or quill Bead, in double rows round the side pannels, and in single rows round the front and door lights, a 4-8th moulding all round the middle and roof, up the corner pillars and sides of the doors, and along the bottom sides, 4 silver Scroll ornaments, an Octagon, a pair of sword case Frames, a pair of plated thick Joints, with barrel Props and Caps for ditto, eight silver crest Head Plates, with silver Circles, a set of cased plated metal Wheel Hoops, a plated Pole Hook, and Check brace Rings, five Italian full plated Lamps, the Hammer-Cloth of livery, trimmed with a top row of 2½ inch, a bottom row of 1 inch, and a middle row of four inch lace, and one bottom row of seven inch ornamented fringe; four 3½ inch double lace footman Holders, the Painting picked out two colours, the Pannels Polished, the Arms on the doors and crests on the quarters and stiles, the main and check Braces with whole Buckles, a set of Worm Springs, French pole Pieces.

First charge for a Town Chariot£9310
A compass Perch, iron plated on the sides3160
Whole wheel front250
Raised fore end with neat carved Blocks2100
Square Trunk Boot for an iron coach-box600
An iron coach-box1000
Raised hind end on neat carved short Blocks250
A footman cushion plated at the top edge with carved hind standards6180
Hooped wheels with moulded jellies1190
The Body with round sides100
A sword case back2100
Contracted door lights200
Swing holders, and other trimming 3½  inches wide1180
A pair of silk squabs2126
A set of spring curtains306
Ditto Venetian blinds250
Lace glass frame100
Eighty feet of plates 2-8th moulding500
Forty feet of ditto 4-8th ditto4100
An Octagon and a pair of sword case frames110
A pair of thick joints with 4 barrel props and caps4140
A set of silver crest head plates in silver circles and a pair extra300
Four cased plated metal wheel hoops306
A plated pole hook226
Six plated check brace rings140
Five Italian round side lamps with plated heads and barrels700
A hammer cloth as described1100
Four double lace footman holders1166
Main and check Braces with whole buckles0100
Spiral or worm springs1100
French pole pieces060

Additional information

Dimensions 38 × 25.5 cm