The Traditional Horse Brass Gets Some Modern Sass
Horse brass plaques are a traditional draft horse harness decoration that originated in England in the mid 19th century. Commonly a 3 × 3½ ” piece of flat brass, the earliest horse brasses were probably smithed by local blacksmiths, with later iterations either cast or stamped. In the 20th century, as the work horse fell out of use, horse brasses found a new purpose as iconic decorations in British pubs and public houses as well as becoming a popular collectors item.
In our montage above, the horse brass gets a modern, sassy twist in (top right) Tara Kiwi’s Horse Brasses Organic Swoop Neck tee ($39.50), a Dylan Egon for reGeneration limited edition gold leaf on laquer dresser ($7500), and a vintage horse brass necklace ($44).
For more information about the history of horse brasses, visit The National Horse Brass Society.
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