Horse brass: Three small horseshoes surrounded by a larger horseshoe. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
Horseshoes 'were a symbol of good luck and therefore very common and according to legend a horse shoe brass was used to prevent pixies from riding the horse. The three horseshoes on brasses depicted "One for God, One for Wod, and One for Lok"'. (Illustrated Guide to Horse Brasses, CD, 2007)
Donation from Mr W. J. Haysom, 30/06/1982
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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[Book] Chevalier, Jean & Gheerbrant, Alain. 1994. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols., 1994
[Digital Medium] Horsebrass Era. 2007. Illustrated Guide to Horse Brasses., 2007