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Discovering Horse Brasses
     

Discovering Horse Brasses

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by John Vince
 

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Horse brasses are flat, generally round, ornaments for decorating the harness of draught horses. First devised as charms to keep the animal safe, brasses later became purely decorative. This book traces the history of horse brasses, from the plain, simple early examples through to the more advanced brasses that were developed as our knowledge of brass casting

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Horse brasses are flat, generally round, ornaments for decorating the harness of draught horses. First devised as charms to keep the animal safe, brasses later became purely decorative. This book traces the history of horse brasses, from the plain, simple early examples through to the more advanced brasses that were developed as our knowledge of brass casting improved. Packed with over 200 photographs of different horse brasses, this classic title is an ideal collector's introduction, and a section on the care, cleaning and renovation of horse brasses makes this essential reading for new collectors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780747804802
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/22/2010
Series:
Shire Discovering Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.10(d)

Meet the Author


John Vince has written many books and articles about bygone England and the countryside, including Windmills and Watermills for Shire in the Discovering series. He has a particular interest in ancient crafts and industries and he collects and restores rural bygones.

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Discovering Horse Brasses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Steelmen More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, metal devices served as amulets to keep horses and their owners safe from harm and evil. Today, these same pieces have acquired a decorative and historical role, revealing much about their original owners' hopes and fears, and entertaining new generations of collectors. In "Discovering Horse Brasses," author John Vince updates what is known about the many varieties of craftsmenship used to create the pieces. They reflect contemporary concerns, as farmers used them to protect their crops, their animals and their human families against bad weather, the cruel gods or vagaries of nature and bad luck. The artwork is remarkable and extremely varied: we can find lots of suns, moons and stars, wild animals, religious symbols and people depicted in these works. Throughout the book are a couple of hundred photos showing the wide variety of designs. This book is meant for collectors, so there photos aren't fancy--they simply show what's available or what has been created in the past. The author traces the history of these amulets/decorative items, showing their roots in several cultures going back before the Common Era. He also offers advice on caring for these collectible pieces and how to restore those damaged by time or neglect. This is a handy book about a hobby and a slice of history.