Horse Brass - Thistle, Scotland, 1825-1939 Object Reg. No: ST 034458

Horse brass: Thistle, the national emblem of Scotland. The thistle surrounded by two leaves. Decorative border shaped like a crescent. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.

The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland and represents "a symbol of the protective belt defending the heart against external harm and attacks. The device of Scotland is 'Nemo me impune lacessit' (None touches me unharmed)." (See: 'Pengiun Dictionary of Symbols')
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
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.
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"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

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