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Horse Brass - Mayflower, 1920 Object Reg. No: ST 034418

Summary:
Horse brass: Commemorative, Mayflower in full sail. Crescent border with crenate edge. Marked "16 mayflower 20" at bottom. Type: cast brass. Date: 1920.

This horse brass was probably created to commemorate the tercentenary of the 1620 voyage.

"The Mayflower was the famous ship that transported the English Separatists, better known as the Pilgrims, from Southampton, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620." (See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower)
Description:
Item has the remains of one stud 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
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, 1920

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.
Date Used: 1920-1939

With the move away from horse power to engines, cast horse brass were no longer produced after the 1930s.
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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