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Horse Brass - Wheatsheaf, Sickle, Scythe, Pitch Fork, 1825-1939 Reg. No: ST 034482
- Horse brass: a sickle, scythe and pitch fork with a wheatsheaf in the background. Border has eight semi- circular shaped notches around the circumerence. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
The purpose of the horse brass was to ward off evil spirits, and to invite good fortune. This horse brass would represent the desire for good harvest.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr W. Haysom, 1982
|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|
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.
http://www.horsebrassera.co.uk/history.htm, viewed, 23.05.2008 LDH
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"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