Horse brass: Wheel with key shaped perforations between the spokes. Crenate edge. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
"The wheel partakes of the perfection suggested by the circle, but with a degree of imperfection since it is related to the world to come, to continuous creation and hence to the contingent and the ephemeral. It symbolises 'cycles, new beginnings and renewals'." (See: 'Penguin Dictionary of Symbols') The central hub with radiated spokes explains how the wheel is also a solar symbol and a representation of the world.
Item has the remains of two studs on back, possibly from the casting process. The word "england" is stamped the back of the strap loop.
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 word "England" is stamped the back of the strap loop.
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[Book] Chevalier, Jean & Gheerbrant, Alain. 1994. The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols., 1994