Victoria (carriage)


Victoria (carriage)

The victoria was an elegant French carriage, possibly based on a phaeton made for King George IV of the United Kingdom. It was made some time before 1844, and imported to England by the Prince of Wales in 1869. It was very popular amongst wealthy families. On a low body, it had one forward facing seat for two passengers and a raised driver's seat supported by an iron frame, all beneath a calash top. It was usually drawn by one or two horses. This type of carriage became fashionable with ladies for riding in the park, especially with a stylish coachman installed. It was named after Princess Victoria in the 1830s. [Farrell, Jeremy, ed by Ribeiro, Aileen, Dr. "Umbrellas & ] Parasolls" (London: B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1985), p.38.] Nowadays, Victoria carriages can be seen in the Chilean city of Viña del Mar, where they are rented to tourists.

The name has been passed on to a similar automobile body style.

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* [http://www.caaonline.com/caa_content.asp?PageType=Dept&Key=15&MCat=6 Illustration and description] on Carriage Association of America website
*Farrell, Jeremy, ed by Ribeiro, Aileen, Dr. "Umbrellas & Parasolls", London: B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1985.
* [http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-627654/victoria Encyclopedia Britannica]


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