IMPORTANT - the "cracks" in this piece are in the old transfer artwork inside, NOT the glass, which is in perfect condition. This early brooch depicts a trotting horse pulling a carriage called a gig. It is large and lovely and was originally made as a pin to wear as jewelry, not one converted from a harness decoration.
This is a Victorian transfer under a half-inch tall glass dome, and it would show beautifully on a scarf, a high collar or a stock-type tie. It is large and imposing enough to wear on a jacket or lapel, and would be enjoyed by a horse loving girl or lady.
The high-stepping white trotter pulls a tall gig in which a gentleman in a hat and white gloves is seated. The artwork details are sharp and clear. There are no cracks, chips or scuffing on the glass dome. The brass backing is securely crimped around the glass. On the back, a pin with a safety catch has been mounted.
IMPORTANT: There are "hairline" lines through the transfer that look like fine webbing, easily seen in the darkened white background behind the horse and carriage. The brass has darkened with age. On the back there are several places of discoloration in the metal, harder to see because the brass has darkened. (We do not polish or clean any of our brass items!) You can also see the lightest suggestion of where an old price sticker apparently used to be.
Bridle rosettes are also called bridle buttons. They originated as a helpful addition to a horse or pony bridle to keep the browband securely in place fastened to the cheek straps. Over time they became more decorative and in the later 1800s, enterprising jewelers began to convert many harness pieces into jewelry. Ladies loved them, and the manufacturing companies began turning them out as brooch type pins, in addition to the ones headed for a stable.
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Early Horse and Carriage Bridle Rosette Brooch or Pin