What do you supposed people thought when they saw the first automobile? Did they think it was a coach drawn by invisible (and loud) horses. Did they think it was Witchcraft? Sorcery? The fate of humans was tied so closely to that of horses that by the Victorian era, just before the advent of the ‘horseless carriage’, horses were everywhere, on every street and every road. Inns didn’t have parking lots, they had stables.
Is it any wonder, then, that lives tied so closely to horses would celebrate them in their art and their jewelry? This fantastically large horseshoe brooch was hand crafted in Birmingham, England by the firm of Constantine & Floyd in the year 1888. It is a wonderfully ornate large horseshoe which is done fully in sterling silver and has floral designs at the top done with yellow and gold wash accents which travel down the sides. This brooch measures 49 mm top to bottom and 45.5 mm across and weighs 10.3 grams. The reverse of this piece has some dents to it, but the front was so lovely that I forgave it it’s faults. It is marked with the hallmarks and makers marks mentioned above as well as the lion rampant for sterling silver.
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