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Horse Brass - RSPCA London, 1911 Object Reg. No: ST 034414

Horse brass: Commemorative, merit badge R.S.P.C.A. London. Van Horse Parade 1911. Coat of arms at top. Shield shape. Type: cast brass. Date: 1911.

"Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals award brasses were believed to have been the first award brasses for showing horses. In 1886 the first London Cart Horse RSPCA parade was performed. Is it believe very soon after, the first RSPCA awards were awarded. There is record of RSPCA award brasses from 1896 on. Badges were presented for Van Horse Parade and Cart Horse Parade Merit Badges. Later a circular badge was issued as a general award. Some war era badges were cast in aluminum." (See: http://www.antiquehorse.com/antiquehorsepage3.html)
Item has the remains of two studs on back, possibly from the casting process.
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
Inscriptions: Marked "Merit Badge R.S.P.C.A. London van horse parade 1911"
Date Made: Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), 1911

Commemorative, merit badge R.S.P.C.A. London. Van Horse Parade issued in 1911.
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
  1. [Book], Alain Gheerbrant, Jean Chevalier, The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, Penguin Books Australia Ltd., Melbourne, 1994, 1994


Paul Posted on 26 Jan 2012 3:27 AM
I have the Cart Horse version of the Merit Badge above
David Anderson Posted on 23 Jan 2013 9:14 AM
I have the 1914 cart horse version complete with the original leather strap supplied. The two studs on the back are rivets securing the nickle coat of arms. The RSPCA lettering should be in red with all the other lettering in black.
Robert Jones Posted on 17 Feb 2013 1:05 AM
I have two merit badges from 1911 & 1912 that were presented to my Grandfather.They have the original leather backing plate,brass buckle and strap,and red lettering.

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