Its rich cobalt blue background adds amazing depth to this early bridle rosette pin. Set in a brass mounting, a glass dome covers a Victorian die-cut of three racing horses inside. This is a wonderful brooch type pin that would look lovely gracing a collar or anchoring a stock-type tie. You cannot fully appreciate it until you turn it in light and watch the blue change to indigo and the horses' faces seeming to lift and push up out of the glass.
Condition is extremely good. This beautiful pin is 1-5/8 inch across. The glass dome is fully one-half inch thick. It is solidly mounted into a brass backing to which a pin with a safety catch has been soldered. The glass is crystal clear with NO scuffing, chips or cracks. The safety catch on the pin works perfectly. There is a tiny spot of discoloration on the metal on the back edge of the rim, above the pin. There a few tiniest flecks in the transfer and backing, nearly impossible to see unless you tilt the pin and look hard.
Bridle rosettes, also called bridle buttons, have existed almost since the invention of harness for horses and ponies. They began as utilitarian attachments on bridles, made in pairs with one on each side to keep the straps correctly placed on an animal's head, but soon decorative types emerged. Many had metal backings for tall glass domes under which artwork would be inserted.
Those made for harness had "D rings" on the back for the straps to slip through. Around Victorian times, jewelry designers began to produce them specifically as pins for ladies and girls to wear, often by removing the D ring and affixing a pin. Others were made specifically for use as jewelry, applying a pin rather than a D ring.
What a beautiful gift for any horsewoman.
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Large Vintage Die-Cut 3 Horses Bridle Rosette Pin