This sweet multi-fleur bouquet of colorful posies would look wonderful as a brooch or sweater pin!
It is a large 1-3/4 inches across with a brass back and a 1/2-inch thick, solid glass dome over a Victorian floral spray in pink, yellow, light blue and green. We're guessing the flowers may be blue forget-me-nots, a pink cabbage rose and zinnas -- all old fashioned flowers popular when this was made.
On the back a straight pin is firmly brazed to the brass. It has a simple hook that pre-dates the safety catch, but the hook is deep and very sturdy.
CONDITION is lovely with only light signs of use. The brass has an older patina and very attractive color. There are NO cracks, chips, splits or repairs.
PLEASE NOTE on the back that there is no evidence of the D-ring that would have been removed to make this piece into jewelry. That is because this one was deliberately made to be a pin, resembling a bridle rosette, instead of being converted from the horse bridle attachment, as so many were. We've confirmed this in our copy of "Bridle Rosettes: Two Centuries of Equine Adornment" by E. Helene Sage.
What a lovely gift for a horse or pony minded woman or girl!
BACKGROUND: Bridle rosettes or bridle buttons have a long utilitarian and decorative history. Their purpose is to be slipped onto the browband of a horse or pony bridle using the D rings, then pushed back against the cheek straps to help hold them in place on the animal's head. They probably have been used for nearly as long as the bridles they have decorated. As horse riding and driving changed in the mid-1900s from essential transportation to an enjoyable pastime, bridle rosette production decreased dramatically. Over the years many of them have been converted into costume jewelry by removing the D ring from the back and adding a pin.
According to legend, superstitious people In ancient Egypt reportedly designed them as protection for their horses, with the rosettes supposedly attracting the eye of evil spirits. We could not verify this theory anywhere but it is interesting. Plain metal was used for utilitarian pieces and a favorite decoration was an initial. By the Victorian period, the glass dome would cover fancy and colorful diecuts and transfers that were so popular then for business cards and calling cards.
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