WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Rum Bugher

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Rum Bugher

Dogs are so much fun. I mean, surely it’s physically impossible to be unhappy in the presence of a dog. They play, they love, they think you are the reason the sun rises and sets each day, and they worship you as they giver of all treats and full bowls of food.

During the Regency, as in other eras, they also worked for their food, and this week I’m looking to see if there was a difference between the Carriage and Coach dog. I’ve encountered both terms in Regency research and fiction; since there was a distinct difference between a coach and carriage, I wonder if there existed two types of dogs as well.

Rum Bugher

A valuable dog. CANT.

According to Wikipedia, the terms carriage dog and coach dog are interchangeable, and refer not to a specific breed but rather a general type of dog. These dogs would run next to the carriages and coaches of their wealthy owners to protect them when traveling, attacking the horses of highwaymen so the coachmen would have time to attack the human bandits. Since carriage/coach dogs were raised in the stables with their owner’s horses, bonding with them only so that they would regard other horses as unfriendly, it would be quite a ferocious beast that would greet another horse on a journey.

It does make one wonder how a host stabled the cattle of his guests during house parties, with carriage dogs on the prowl for hostiles.

Great Dane (possibly?) – Unknown title, unknown artist.

When Dalmatians were introduced to England in the 18th century, Wikipedia reports they became the carriage dog of choice; thus their name became synonymous with the term. During the Regency, Dalmatians became a status symbol for their owners as they trotted alongside their carriages. According to The Kennel Club, the breed earned the name “the Spotted Coach Dog” for their markings; the more decorative the spots, the more prized the animal. The American Kennel Club goes further in its descriptors: “The Dalmatian is also known as the English Coach Dog, the Carriage Dog, the Plum Pudding Dog, and the Spotted Dick.”

Dalmatian carriage dogs – Unknown title, unknown artist.

I think it’s safe to say that be it research or fiction, books may safely use the terms carriage dog or coach dog interchangeably.

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Bankrupt Cart

WOW ~ Word of the Week ~ Bankrupt Cart

Aww. I remember the good ol’ days when it was safe to take a Sunday drive through the country and stumble upon an undiscovered creek in which to wade, or abandoned historical marker to investigate. To stop at a mom and pop diner for an ice cream cone. You know, before the virus.


Bankrupt Cart

A one-horse chaise, said to be so called by a Lord Chief Justice, from their being so frequently used on Sunday jaunts by extravagant shop-keepers and tradesmen.

Carriole, 1875, The Carriage Foundation, Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

Governess Car, late 19th century, The Carriage Foundation, Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

Pony Phaeton, 1860, The Carriage Foundation, Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages. “But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies.”

Sleigh, early 18th century, The Carriage Foundation, Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

Stanhope Gig, mid 19th century, The Carriage Foundation, Tyrwhitt-Drake Museum of Carriages.

The Cabriolet, London Cab of 1823, with Curtain Drawn, by Henry Charles Moore, 1902.

The Tilbury, at the Coupling Gallery of the Castle of Chenonceau at Indre-et-Loire, France.

The Sulkey, 1796.