Discovering Horsebrasses by John Vince.
Soft back, 48 pages, Illustrated B&W, 11.5cm x 17.5cm
Nicely illustrated history of brass horse furniture published by Shire. Ideal pocket guide for the Horse brass enthusiast or to identity finds in the field.
Discovering Horsebrasses contents:
- Horse brasses, charms and superstitions
- Horse power
- England on four legs
- Brass manufacture
- Horse brass design
- The sun
- The moon and stars
- The sign of the cross
- Geometrical designs
- The horse
- Inanimate objects
- Heraldic crests
- Commemorative brasses
- Fly terrets or 'swingers'
- Care and cleaning
- Further reading and information
- Places to visit
On the back cover:
About the author
John Vince has written many books and articles about bygone England and the countryside. Since 1947 he has been exploring old railways and canals, forgotten settlements and other nooks and crannies of the past and has used his camera to record the many significant changes taking place. He has a particular interest in ancient crafts and industries and he collects and restores rural bygones. The wide range of his investigations is reflected in the books he has written for Shire and other publishers. These include Windmills, Watermills, Carts and wagons and Saints in Britain in the Discovering series.
What the press said about Discovering Horse Brasses
'A valuable guide to the origins, collection, use and symbolism of horse brasses'
'An excellent pint-sized history to cover their very wide range of interests and variety, with a good mixture of the folklore woven around them ...A useful practical aspect of this book is a brief section devoted to the care, cleaning and renovation of horse brasses'.
'Contains sufficient information to make the amateur collector knowledgeable enough to be a thorough nuisance to the possibly reticent dealer'.
;This handy little booklet will answer all your questions, and make collecting so much more fun'.
'...John Vince's splendid Discovering Horse Brasses (Shire publications) which any newcomer should have'.