Named for the county of Surrey in South East England, the surrey came into existence in 1870 and quickly became a very popular family and hack carriage. It was introduced into the United States by J.B. Brewster & Co. in 1872.

By the end of the 19th century, there were over one million surreys on America’s roads. Prices ranged from $53 for the stock version to over $600 for the most elaborate. Nowadays they are mostly known from the song “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” from the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” This example is a six-passenger, canopy-top, buckboard type.

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