The Four-in Hand (also called Four Horse) was a club founded in 1808 for the dedicated break-neck drivers of the famed barouches of the British Regency. Though originally a wild club of young men racing downBritain’s poor roads, it became a small group of Corinthians with between 30-40 members. On first and third Thursdays in May and June, members assembled in Cavendish Squareand trotted in single file to Salt Hill and dined at the Windmill, stopping often to wine and dine on the 24 mile overnight trip.
The club established rules for the barouche design and accoutrements. The yellow barouches were required to be pulled by bays with silver harnesses and rosettes at their heads. (Photo is actually a phaeton.) The drivers wore drab coats reaching to the ankles with three tiers of pockets and large mother of pearl buttons. Their waistcoats sported 1” wide blue and yellow stripes. The breeches were of plush with strings and rosettes at each knee. The cravat tie the club used has come down to the present as the traditional tie used today. After two revivals the club died out in 1824.
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