Phaeton carriage, one of several Victorian carriag

1837-1901 in Europe

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Phaeton carriage, one of several Victorian carriages donated by HM King Edward VIII in 1936. An open door-less four wheeled carriage, for two people with a folding hood, the design took its name from the classical myth about Phaeton, the son of Helios who tried to ride the sun as a chariot. The Phaeton was one of the most popular carriages of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, consequently the design evolved into a number of variations including the High Flyer, which required a ladder to get in and the smaller Mail and Spider phaeton, the former mainly designed to carry luggage, the latter an American design aimed at gentlemen drivers.


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H.M. King Edward VIII

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