A practical and economical family carriage, the Extension-Top Phaeton was popular in America in the latter part of the 19th century. These Phaetons generally had open sides and double seats that faced forward. The name refers to the long top supported by two sets of top bows that extended over both seats. This Phaeton, like many light-weight carriages, was suspended on elliptical springs mounted over the front and rear axles. Elliptical springs, invented in England in 1804, greatly influenced the development of carriage building and were later adapted for use with the first “mechanical buggies” or motor cars.
Almost every carriage manufacturer in the western world made a phaeton. In 1902 the Sears Roebuck and Company Catalog offered an Extension-Top Phaeton similar to this one for $116.40.