Horse brass: Commemorative, merit badge R.S.P.C.A. London. Van Horse Parade 1911. Coat of arms at top. Shield shape. Type: cast brass. Date: 1911.
"Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals award brasses were believed to have been the first award brasses for showing horses. In 1886 the first London Cart Horse RSPCA parade was performed. Is it believe very soon after, the first RSPCA awards were awarded. There is record of RSPCA award brasses from 1896 on. Badges were presented for Van Horse Parade and Cart Horse Parade Merit Badges. Later a circular badge was issued as a general award. Some war era badges were cast in aluminum." (See: http://www.antiquehorse.com/antiquehorsepage3.html)
Item has the remains of two studs on back, possibly from the casting process.
Donation from Mr W. J. Haysom, 30/06/1982
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), 1911
Commemorative, merit badge R.S.P.C.A. London. Van Horse Parade issued in 1911.
Marked "Merit Badge R.S.P.C.A. London van horse parade 1911"
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[Book] Chevalier, Jean & Gheerbrant, Alain. 1994. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols., 1994