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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lovely Old Carriage Prints

My friends at Rubita Carruajes in Andalucia brought to my attention these lovely old prints and I wanted to share them here because they are some of my most favorite carriages.  Enjoy...
Cabriolet, according to Francis T Underhill: The cabriolet requires a single horse of great size and beauty, with extraordinary action, especially in his slow paces.  The groom, who stands behind, is so small as to be of little use save for effect.

Curricle according to Francis T Underhill: The curricle was for years one of the most fashionable town carriages, and is in many respects similar to its successor, the cabriolet, although the latter is drawn by a single horse and the former by a pair. [A further difference is the grooms rumble seat, which is abscent from the cabriolet.]

Stanhope Style Phaeton, according to Francis T Underhill: ...the Stanhope phaeton , which was originally produced by mounting a Stanhope gig on four wheels and adding thereto a boot for the servant.  It is smaller than either the mail or demi-mail and has an arch which admits the front wheels turning under.  It may, if desired, be used with one horse.

Tandem Gig, according to Francis T Underhill: The practice of buckling it tight has made many a novice decide that he does not care to have his indigestion upset by the jolting of a tandem cart, whereas, if the cart is well balanced, it is a most delightful vehicle to drive.

Tilbury Gig, according to Francis T Underhill: the tilbury was originally designed by the Hon. Fitzroy Stanhope and built by a coachbuilder named Tilbury.  It is one of the oldest and handsomest two wheelers.
These images were originally published in 1942, by J. Robiquet and illustrated by L. Caplain.  For those of you who speak French or can handle the incomprehensible internet translation, visit attelage-patrimoine's excellent blog dedicated to these images here:

Kind Regards,
Michelle Blackler