Horse brass: Pig standing. Circular inner border and a crenate outer border with 14 perforations in it. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
The pig is a symbol of gluttony, greed, lust, depravity and uncleanliness. (See: 'Penguin's Dictionary of Symbols').
Item has the remains of one stud on back, possibly from the casting process.
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