Chariot Made by William Ross for Angelica Campbell, 1792-1802

Summary

Angelica Bratt Campbell purchased this sporty, two-passenger carriage from coachmaker William Ross of New York City. She used it in and around Schenectady, New York, where her husband had made a fortune as a merchant. In the 1790s carriages were much rarer than cars today -- especially for city dwellers. Only the wealthy could afford closed carriages like this one.

Angelica Bratt Campbell purchased this sporty, two-passenger carriage from coachmaker William Ross of New York City. She used it in and around Schenectady, New York, where her husband had made a fortune as a merchant. In the 1790s carriages were much rarer than cars today -- especially for city dwellers. Only the wealthy could afford closed carriages like this one.

Artifact

Chariot (Carriage)

Date Made

1792-1802

Creators

Horton, I., fl. 1792-1802 

Ross, William S. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Constructed by William S. Ross in New York, New York, with assistance from blacksmith, I. Horton.

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Transportation - Carriages

Object ID

29.1126.79.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cloth
Lace (Needlework)
Leather
Metal
Plate (Material)
Silver (Metal)
Wood (Plant material)
Wool (Textile)

Technique

Hand-painted
Plating (Metal coating)
Upholstering

Color

Black (Color)
Gold (Color)
Green
Red

Dimensions

Height: 95.75 in

Width: 75 in

Length: 160.5 in

Wheelbase: 96 in

Diameter: 40.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 58 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

Location not noted: MADE BY / WILLM ROSS / COACH MAKER / 208 BROADWAY / N.YORK Location not noted: MADE BY WM ROSS / COACHMAKER / BROADWAY / 208 Painted on the lower door panels, and repeated on the front, under the driver's feet and rear body, below the coat-of-arms: NE OBLIVIS CARIS Painted on panels to the back the the doors on both sides: AC Imprinted on the lower portion of the upright springs at the front and back of the carriage: * I. HORTON *

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