Horn, Coach-horn; Unknown maker; Unknown; RI.W2001.379


Horn, Coach-horn

About this object

This is a coach-horn, an instrument used to signal the arrival of the mail coach. This one is housed in a wicker case, possibly created especially for this particular instrument.

Coach horns are often confused for post-horns which, while they perform the same function, are fundamentally different. Coach horns traditionally have a funnel-shaped bell, have a greater maximum length and were usually used on coaches drawn by four horses, whereas post-horns typically have a trumpet-like bell, often are shorter, and were mostly used with carriages pulled by two horses.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, stem, cane
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, white metal


L 765 mm x dia 83 mm (horn)
L 790 mm x dia 115 mm (wicker case)

Subject and Association Keywords

Communication (including Diaries and Letters)

Object Type

musical instruments

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