The etymology of this hammercloth, which was simply a covering over the coach-box, seems to have puzzled people considerably.
There is no footboard, whilst a hammercloth for the footman is raised upon scroll ironwork, very well made.
The masses of gold lace by which the hammercloth and the attendants' liveries were ornamented had an extremely rich effect.
Then, from a lateral path, a closed carriage and pair drove rapidly up to the Hall, and a footman bounced off the hammercloth.
hammercloth, ham′ėr-kloth, n. the cloth which covers a coach-box.