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Horse Brass - Thistle, Scotland, 1825-1939 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
|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|
|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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