Horse-drawn charabanc, c 1890.
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Scale model. Charabancs, introduced into Britain from France in about 1850, varied much in construction, design and size. They were pulled by four horses, and initially were popular for transporting shooting parties. This model represents a type used by the public for sightseeing or touring between 1850 and 1910, when it went out of general use. Although heavy and ungainly in appearance, charabancs had very good roadholding, and for this reason they were often used in training inexperienced prospective coachmen so as to enable them to get practice with four horses in hand.