- a cloth covering for the driver's seat on a horse-drawn carriage.
Origin of hammercloth
1425–75; late Middle English hamerclothe, dissimilated variant of *hamelcloth home-woven cloth, equivalent to hamel domestic (akin to Old Norse heimili homestead) + cloth(e) cloth
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Examples from the Web for hammercloth
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.Peter Parley's Visit to London
Then, from a lateral path, a closed carriage and pair drove rapidly up to the Hall, and a footman bounced off the hammercloth.The Card, A Story Of Adventure In The Five Towns
Hammercloth, ham′ėr-kloth, n. the cloth which covers a coach-box.