Make way for the mail! (19th Century)

Mail has always travelled at pace. In the 19th century, when horse-drawn coaches delivered our letters, the drivers were loath to stop!

This brass coloured, metal, miniature posthorn is engraved in faint lettering, 'J Higman, Maker, 151 Strangeways, Manchester’. The mail coach guards blew a horn, like this one, to alert other road users to give way to the oncoming mail coach. The sound of the horn also alerted inns of a coach’s imminent arrival.