Horse brass: National emblem of Scotland. The thistle surrounded by two leaves. with the words "Bonnie Scotland" marked upon them. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.

The thistle represents "a symbol of the protective belt defending the heart against external harm and attacks. The device of Scotland is 'Nemo me impune lacessit' (None touches me unharmed)." (See: 'Pengiun Dictionary of Symbols')

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