An original Georgian COACHING POST HORN engraved George III London - Lewes. The town of Lewes is situated on the Coach Route from London to Brighton and was obviously a major Staging Post in the Georgian Era. Huge numbers of Replica Coaching Horns were made later but this is 'The Real Deal' engraved with the Route Towns and with the initials GR for GEORGE REX. The Georgian's and early Victorian's were experts in making beautiful smooth Dovetail like seams in metal so it is easy to ascertain authentic pieces from the later replicas using crude ridged seams. This Horn is a FULL FOUR FEET in length and is in lovely condition for age....it was purchased in Lincolnshire earlier this year and is Guaranteed as Authentic. COACHING HORNS were used to warn people on the road or towns that the Coach was approaching OR leaving. By 1841- 42 the main route Coaching business had virtually disappeared and had been replaced by the advent of smaller & faster horse drawn and/or Steam Omnibuses. Our first picture shows both the Georgian Coaching Horn and also one other we are listing which is Victorian Circa 1837 - 1840 marked V.R. Lincoln Coach. At the height of the mail coach era there were more than 150,000 horses in daily use for the transport of the mails. Coach horses were usually warmbloods because they combine strength and speed. Horses of the Cleveland Bay breed were a frequent choice for Mail coach teams. The lead off-side horse was usually white or gray to provide greater visibility to oncoming traffic at night. ‘Stages’ on a stagecoach or mail-coach route were usually between 10 and 15 miles apart. If a coach was not actually stopping at a stage but merely wanted a fresh team of horses, then just five minutes were allocated for the change and so the guard would blow the 'change horses' call on the post-horn in order to warn the inn-keeper to prepare the horses. The crack ostler teams of the mail routes were known to change out the teams in under three minutes.
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