Phaeton (1796)

Felton, William
Poney, or one-horse phaeton, 1796, taken from A treatise on carriages, p. 82.


"Poney phaetons are pretty equipages, and are best adapted for parks only."



A PAIR of ponies from twelve to thirteen hands high are about equal for draught with a horse of fifteen, and a phaeton of the same weight is equally adapted for either; excepting only, that each should be built of a proportioned height, for the advantage of both horse and driver. A low phaeton and a high horse, are equally as absurd as a high phaeton and a low horse, yet timid and infirm people prefer low phaetons; the infirm, because they are easy of access; and the timid, because they are more easy to escape from in time of danger, without considering that the danger often arises from not having a proper command of the horse, when any accident occurs to startle him. Those phaetons are frequently designed for one horse, or a pair of ponies, and sometimes for one or two horses alternately, a medium should then be observed in the building, that it be neither too high for the ponies, nor too heavy for the one horse; a pole and hafts are then necessary, the pole for the pair, as usual, and the shafts for the tingle horse; but the tingle horse should never be used without a breeching. Poney phaetons are pretty equipages, and are best adapted for parks only; for, by being so low, the passengers are much annoyed by the dust, issufed on the turnpike roads; and one-horse phaetons, where one horse only is kept, are much to be preferred to any two-wheeled carriage for safety and ease, but are heavier in draught; to allow for that, it ought to be built as light as possible to be safe with.


William Felton, A Treatise on Carriages. Comprehending coaches, chariots, phaetons, curricles, whiskeys, &c. Together with their proper harness. In which the fair prices of every article are accurately stated. By William Felton, Coach-Maker, No. 36, Leather-Lane, Holborn. London: printed for and sold by the author; by J. Debrett, Piccadilly; R. Faulder, Bond-Street; J. Egerton, Whitehall; J. White, Fleet-Street; W. Richardson, Cornhill; A. Jameson, Long-Acre, 1796, Volume 2, p. 82-83. Full text in ECCO.