Two competing race horses are the focus of this early bridle rosette brooch. At 1-3/4 inches across, it would be truly appealing on a frothy tie or tall collar. A nice item for any equestrienne!
Mounted on a brass backing, this die-cut transfer is covered by a half-inch tall glass dome. The backing under the transfer is a silvery color. The horse colors are strong and the artwork is sharp and detailed. With ears pinned back and nostrils flaring, these are definitely race horses at speed.
The old brass backing has darkened with age and is in excellent condition with a very few, small off-color spots. There must have been a sticker under the pin at some point, as there is a little bit of residue between the holes. (We do not clean our brass pieces!)
The pin on the back is securely attached, with a safety catch that works well. The pin itself is not quite straight. The glass dome is in lovely condition with no chips or cracks, but there is one single fine scratch on the top near the center. This is hard to see unless you look for it deliberately.
Bridle rosettes began as utilitarian pieces of horse or pony harness, used to keep bridle places fitting securely on an animal's head. They became so decorative over time that toward the Victorian era, companies began to make them not only for harness use, but as jewelry items like this one.
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Large Early Bridle Rosette Brooch Pin with Two Race Horses