Horse brass: Spider web with spider and fly. Round border. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
The spider is a lunar manifestation, devoted to weaving and spinning. (See: 'Penguin Dictionary of Symbols').
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