yard of tin

The horn, generally a yard or so long, used by the guard of a mail coach or stage coach to warn of approach and departure.

The print shown is a detail from "Quicksilver Royal Mail," painted by James Pollard, engraved by C. Hunt, published by Ackermann and Co., 1835. From the book The Regency Road by N. C. Selway. You can see the guard standing on he back of the coach, blowing his yard of tin.

This glossary term is categorized as Slang
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