Horse brass: National emblem of Scotland. The thistle surrounded by two leaves. Bi-serrated border. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland and 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')
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.
The words "Made in England" are stamped on back across the top of the strap loop.
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[Book] Chevalier, Jean & Gheerbrant, Alain. 1994. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols., 1994