Horse Brass - Tower of Refuge, 1824-1939 Object Reg. No: ST 034397

Horse brass depicting the Tower of Refuge castle, with two clover leaves coming out of a tower. Circular border. Type: cast brass. Date: 1824-1939.

The horse brass depicts the Tower of Refuge standing on the Conister Rocks in Douglas Bay, Isle of Man.

'The Tower of Refuge is the structure built upon St Mary's Isle (Conister Rocks) by Sir William Hillary (who helped to found the Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in 1824. Having witnessed several shipwrecks upon the semi-submerged rock, he intended it as a refuge for survivors until help could arrive. He helped secure public contributions for funding the building and contributed a high proportion of the costs personally. The islet itself was privately owned, but was contributed by its owner. In the years shortly after its construction, it continued to be well stocked with provisions such as bread and fresh water.' ('s_Isle_(Conister_Rocks_or_Tower_of_Refuge))
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
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, 1824-1939
References:, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH;SiteExtra=12607593&TopNavId=31&NavSideId=12554, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
"COLLECTIONS - Strange Amulets for Horses",, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
  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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