Horse brass: Beer barrel with knob in the centre. Crenate outer border with fourteen perforations. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
Item has the remains of two studs in back, possibly from the casting process. There is also a stud on the back forming the knob on the centre of the barrel.
Donation from Mr W. J. Haysom, 30/06/1982
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