Horse brass: Star, seven pointed. No border. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
The luminosity of stars make them a source of light. They are symbols of the spirit and particularly the welfare between spiritual forces, or light, and material forces, or darkness. Their purpose was to reflect the evil eye and the forces of darkness. (See, 'Penguin Dictionary of Symbols')
Seven is the number of the completed cycle and of its positive renewal. It denotes the fullness of moral order and the fullness of energies and principles in the spiritual order. (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