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Horse Brass - Tower Bridge, London, 1894-1939 Object Reg. No: ST 034499

Summary:
Horse brass. London scene, Tower Bridge. Round border. Type: cast brass. The words "Tower Bridge" are marked at the bottom. Date: 1894-1939

The Tower Bridge was opened on 30 June 1894. It is likely that this brass was made to commemorate this event.
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
Place & Date Depicted: London, England, Great Britain, 30 Jun 1894

The Tower Bridge was opened on 30 June 1894. It is likely that this brass was made to commemorate this event.
Date Made: England, Great Britain, 30 Jun 1894-1939

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. The Tower Bridge, London, was opened on 30 June 1894. It is likely that this brass was made to commemorate this event.
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

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