Thoroughbraces - Heavy leather straps on which the body of a stagecoach rested. Combined with the rounded bottom of the coach body, these simple leather shock absorbers gave the passengers a rocking, swaying ride.
A. Stein, (b. 1835 - ?), artist. Image courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Call number: BANC PIC 1963.002:0311--D..