Horse brass: Sun disc, consisting of a central hemisphere coloured orange and blue with a decorative brass piece on top and a border with a lipped ring with 15 circular perforations and crenate edge. Type: stamped brass. Date: 1930-1955.
"Ceramic Center Horse Brasses - Ceramic center horse brasses were produced from 1870 to 1950s . These beautiful brasses come in many colors, red, blue, white, black, navy and many of them are striped red, white, and blue. The back of a ceramic can provide identification of the age of the brass. The older ones have two metal prongs soldered on the back , holding the ceramic center in place. The newer ones, 1930 to early 1950, have a bolt and screw, holding the ceramic in place. Almost all ceramic brasses were stamped. Only a few of the later ones, 1940s to 1950s are cast brasses. Their extreme rareness is obviously a product of the fragility of the ceramic itself." (See: http://www.antiquehorse.com/antiquehorsepage3.html)
The sun embodies the powers of creation and the source of life and light, and represents the celestial or spiritual influences wihch the Earth receives. (See 'Pengiun Dictionary of Symbols')
Item has one brass nut on the back in the middle.
Donation from Mr W. J. Haysom, 30 Jun 1982
As detailed in the History of Horse Brass: http://www.antiquehorse.com/antiquehorsepage3.html., the production of ceramic brasses occurred between 1930-1955.
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[Book] Chevalier, Jean & Gheerbrant, Alain. 1994. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols., 1994