Three beautiful horses -- two chestnut brown and a white one -- appear under a crystal clear dome in this lovely bridle rosette pin, in an appealing version of the beloved "Pharaoh's Horses" painting by J. Frederick Herring.
The back is brass with an appealing old patina. This was made originally as a brooch style pin. It would be exquisite securing a frothy tie, or eye-catching on a sweater or collar. A straight pin is secured by a safety clasp.
CONDITION is beautiful: The die-cut is undamaged, bright and colorful, securely mounted and appearing to float on a wonderful emerald green background that absolutely glows. The half-inch thick glass dome gives it fabulous depth. The dome is absolutely clear with no scratches, cloudiness or other damage. The pin on the back is professionally made and firmly secured. The brass metal has darkened with age. There are no cracks, dents or bends or tarnish. Several small darkish places are cosmetic, age spots that do not show when the pin is worn.
BACKGROUND - Bridle rosettes (also called bridle buttons) were invented to help secure harness on the head of a horse or mule. They were made in pairs, one slipped on straps on each side, holding them tight against the head. Over years, they became quite decorative, finally catching the attention of Victorian ladies. At that point, jewelers began to convert actual bridle rosettes into wearable pieces, and further began making pins that were specifically created as jewelry (as this pin was).