A broad belt or girdle, often richly ornamented, passing over one shoulder, across the breast, and under the other, supporting sword, dagger, or bugle.

From the Lady of Shalott by Lord Tennyson

*The gemmy bridle glittered free

Like to some branch of stars we see

Hung in the golden galaxy

The bridle bells rang merrily as he rode down to Camelot

And from his blazing baldric sling swung

A mighty silver bugle hung

And as he rode his armor rung

Beside remote Shalott.


A stone-throwing machine used in siege warfare. Once the range was secured, it was fairly accurate.

Queen Victoria anecdote:

At a dinner party the Queen described how her mother, the Duchess of Kent, had once carried a fork out of the dining room, mistaking it for her fan. At another dinner party she related with roars of laughter, how shocked her Master of the Hounds had been by the design for the Ashanti Medals: “Roman soldiers with nothing-nothing at all but helmets on!”

Origin of the word “cab”

In 1823 a new type of transport came into fashion, a 2-wheeled, one horse cab, cab being short for cabriolet, French for “a little leap.”