One was a singer and the other two were stage dancers, known only as B. Among the vehicles on the road was the gig, also called a chaise or a chair. This two-wheeled curvaceous vehicle accommodated a driver and a passenger.
Henry FitzRoy Stanhope designed the stanhope. Supposedly, it acquired its name from one of three fashionable Dennett sisters. According to The Hub, the entire upper work, with the exception of the toe boards and seat bottoms, was made of iron.
English Gig fromPublic Domain The gig was more formal than a village cart but less formal than other carriages or coaches. He was known as a tiger because of his yellow and black striped waist coat.
It resembled a chair, had a shell-shaped body, and was drawn by one horse. It was also mounted on a flexible shaft with leather braces attached to springs.
It was a lightweight, two-wheeled cart with road springs pulled by one or sometimes two horses.
The gig could be used for many types of driving, including formal or pleasure driving but because it had a high center of gravity, it could be precarious when off-road. The stanhope was a lightweight vehicle, similar to a phaeton.
It was well suited for town but not for country driving. Tilbury, Public Domain Tilbury: Curricle, Courtesy of Wikipedia Curricle: Stanhope was a friend to Tilbury and he introduced Tilbury into fashionable circles.
These sisters appeared with the Great Belzoni at Sadler Wells in What made the dennett unique was its three spring suspension: Prince Regent, George IV, who was known by his familiars as Prinny, popularized this dashing vehicle.
The dennett sometimes spelled dennet gig was similar to other gigs in that it was enclosed at the rear and had room for luggage. It was somewhat different from most gigs in that it had two horses driven abreast.
The Tilbury was similar to the cabriolet but adapted for large horses and meant to be driven short distances around town. The stanhope was thought to be introduced in or and was the death knell to the curricle. It appeared around An essay on wheel carriages containing a concise view of their origin, and a description of the variety now in use, with comparative observations on the safety of those upon two.
In papers read before the British Carriage and Automotive Manufacturers, it was stated that a Mr. Fuller of Bath supposedly “perfected the stanhope,” but it acquired the name. An essay on the construction of wheel-carriages, as they affect both the roads and the horses: with suggestions relating to the principles on which tolls ought to be imposed, and a few remarks on the formation of roads.
An Essay on the Construction of Wheel-Carriages, as They Affect Both the Roads and the Horses: With Suggestions Relating to the Principles on Which. An essay on the construction of wheel-carriages, as they affect both the roads and the horses: with suggestions relating to the principles on which tolls ought to be imposed, and a few remarks on.
An essay on wheel carriages: containing a concise view of their origin, and a description of the variety now in use, with comparative observations on the safety of those upon two and four wheels, and remarks on the dangerous construction of the present stage coaches: to which are added, observations on the mechanical power and operation of .Download