Horse brass: a sickle, scythe and pitch fork with a wheatsheaf in the background. Border has eight semi- circular shaped notches around the circumerence. Type: cast brass. Date: 1825-1939.
The purpose of the horse brass was to ward off evil spirits, and to invite good fortune. This horse brass would represent the desire for good harvest.
Donation from Mr W. J. Haysom, 30/06/1982
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