This early bridle rosette was made as a brooch for a lady or girl to wear as jewelry wherever a large pin would add eye appeal -- on a tall collar or scarf, or a stock-type necktie.
At 1-3/4 inches across and a large horse head decoration, it is eye catching and would be a great gift for a horsewoman!
This piece has a brass backing into which a half-inch tall glass dome is mounted. It appears to be from the Victorian era with a die-cut mounted under the dome, trimmed in a full circle rather than close to the animal's head. The first bridle rosettes were strictly utilitarian, used to keep straps of a horse or pony bridle in place, but over time they became ornately decorative. Many were converted from harness into jewelry, and others, like this one, were made as jewelry in the first place.
Condition is very good -- especially the glass which is crystal clear with no cracks, chips, flakes or scuffing. The metal has age darkened slightly, and firmly holds the glass. Please note if you turn this from side to side, you can see "sparkles" in the transfer, where it is beginning to wear.
IMPORTANT: The pin is an old one with an early safety catch, firmly welded on the back, but there is rust around the base of it and metal discoloration, probably from whatever was used to permanently attach the pin. This should not worsen. Also, remnants are showing of some adhesive, probably from a price sticker applied by a former owner (We do not clean our vintage pieces!)
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Vintage Die-Cut Horse Head Bridle Rosette Brooch Pin