Bras, copper, silver
Overall: 49 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. ( 126.4 x 11.1 cm )
engraved: on the bell: "1851/1862/ KöHLER & SON/ MAKERS/ 61 VICTORIA STREET/ WESTMINSTER/ (FROM COVENT GARDEN)/ LONDON"
Coach horn with a straight conical silver tube on the top third and a cooper and silver tube on the second third, fitted with a brass cuff; a narrow bore, and a widely flared copper bell engraved with the makers information, played with a brass cup mouthpiece.
This coach horn was used on the Mail Coach Lightning. The Lightning was built for T. Suffern Tailer of New York City, from specifications obtained from the Royal Post Office, London, of the fastest Mail coach then known, the Mercury. Mr. Tailer beat the Mercury's record with his coach on a trip from Paris to Trouville, 140 miles in 10 hrs. 40 min. on July 12, 1892. The coach was presented to the donor in 1927. He won the Koch Memorial cup with it in 1929, for champion road team of America.
Gift of Mrs. E. Victor Loew
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