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Set of 3 Horse Brass Featuring English Acorn

Set of 3 Horse Brass Featuring English Acorn

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A set of three stunning horse brass pieces. Note the Cannock Chase brass, Cannock chase is part of the English Staffordshire Countryside, and the miniature reindeer horse brass! I put them on hurricanes, lamps, ginger jars, wreaths.- anything really! They are just like jewelry for your decor, and the added equestrian detail just makes them even more special! These charming gems are being sold in a set of three.

Horse brasses have a fascinating history rooted in both function and decoration. Originally, they were small, flat, brass plaques used as ornaments for the harness and tack of horses in England. Their origins can be traced back to the 17th century when they were primarily utilized as charms or talismans to ward off evil spirits or protect the horse and rider from harm.

Initially, horse brasses were simple in design, often featuring basic geometric shapes or symbols believed to possess protective qualities. However, as time progressed, they evolved into more elaborate and decorative pieces, incorporating intricate patterns, motifs, and even depictions of animals, heraldic symbols, or mythical creatures.

During the 19th century, horse brasses became increasingly popular among the working class in rural England. They were not only functional but also served as a form of folk art, with designs varying by region and reflecting local traditions and beliefs. Brasses were often passed down through generations as family heirlooms, each piece carrying its own unique history and significance.

The industrial revolution brought about changes in manufacturing techniques, allowing for mass production of horse brasses. This led to a wider distribution and popularity of these ornaments, extending beyond the rural communities to urban areas as well.

By the early 20th century, horse brasses had become a common sight in pubs and taverns across England, where they adorned the walls or hung from the ceiling as decorative elements. They were also used as prizes in agricultural fairs and competitions, further contributing to their cultural significance.

While horse brasses lost their practical purpose with the decline of horse-drawn transportation, they continued to be cherished as nostalgic symbols of England's rural heritage. Today, they are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike, with antique brasses commanding significant value depending on their rarity, design, and historical provenance. Despite their diminishing use in everyday life, horse brasses remain an enduring symbol of tradition and craftsmanship.


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