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Horse Brass - Three Horseshoes within Horseshoe, 1825-1939 Object Reg. No: ST 034441

Summary:
Horse brass: Three small horseshoes surrounded by a larger horseshoe. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.

Horseshoes 'were a symbol of good luck and therefore very common and according to legend a horse shoe brass was used to prevent pixies from riding the horse. The three horseshoes on brasses depicted "One for God, One for Wod, and One for Lok"'. (Illustrated Guide to Horse Brasses, CD, 2007)
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr W. Haysom, 1982
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: amulets, animals, cultural beliefs, folklore, harnesses, heraldry, horse brasses, rituals, souvenirs, symbols, -1
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Animal Husbandry
Tertiary Classification: horses
Date Made: England, Great Britain, 1825-1939

Cast horse brasses were first made in 1825, and following the introduction of motor vehicles and decline in horsedrawn transport, regular production ceased in the 1930s.
References: http://www.horsebrassera.co.uk/history.htm, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
http://www.nationalhorsebrasssociety.org.uk/Contents/Text/Index.asp?SiteId=903&;SiteExtra=12607593&TopNavId=31&NavSideId=12554, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
"COLLECTIONS - Strange Amulets for Horses", http://nmz.ponyclubvic.org.au/site/ponyclub/nmz/downloads/kcertstuff/issue9-april05.pdf, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_brass, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
http://antiquehorse.com/newbookspage2.html, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
http://www.antiquehorse.com/antiquehorsepage3.html, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
http://www.darwincountry.org/explore/000934.html, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Alain Gheerbrant, Jean Chevalier, The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, Penguin Books Australia Ltd., Melbourne, 1994, 1994
  2. [Digital Medium] Horsebrass Era. 2007. Illustrated Guide to Horse Brasses., 2007

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