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Catalog Number 147
Collection Carriage Collection Vehicles
Object Name Chaise
Place of Origin United States
Maker Unknown
Date 1805-1815
Dimensions H-155 W-85 L-75 inches
Owned Bryant, William Cullen
Notes Boston chaise.

The term chaise, from the French word for chair, was applied to these popular, two-wheel vehicles drawn by one horse. Used during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the United States, the vehicle was sometimes called a "shay," an American derivation from the French chaise. This example is a later variant of the 1700s gig. It is typical of those produced and used in New England.

This chaise has a folding leather hood with a large oval light, or window, at either side and in the back. The body, relatively shallow, hash ogee side panels and is painted black with red and yellow striping.

The interior trim is blue wool, edged in figured broadlace. The floor is covered with a black painted carpet with red and white stenciling.

This chaise has elongated wooden shafts that form cantilevered springs. The undercarriage has leather thoroughbraces hung from the rear crossbar and used in conjunction with the shafts.
Credit line Gift of Elizabeth L. Godwin, 1951.