"The Company We Keep" Antique Horse Scottish Brass Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: The ever-intriguing and beautiful 1800's Scottish brass featuring two horses hangs proudly from a 21 1/2" Brass curb chain.
Components Found in: Quechee VT
Scottish brasses were worn long ago on horses to ward off the evil eye. It was believed that only the first glance of the evil eye was the most powerful, so the distracting shine of the brass would save the horse from malevolent forces. Horses were believed to be particularly sensitive to the spirit world, so they were often adorned with up to a dozen of these amulets of protection. Common symbols like the fox, phoenix, thistle flower or family-related images were used doubling their protective nature and relation to the horse's owner. There were 3000-year-old brasses unearthed from a Bronze Age construction site attached to a horse harness in Edinburgh Scotland speaking to the long and rich history of these treasures.
The image of a horse is a prehistoric symbol. The first written acknowledgment of the horse was discovered in the third millennium BC when historians uncovered slate tablets in Elam (present-day Iraq and Iran) that referenced this noble creature. It’s long been thought that a silent contract is honored by both rider and beast symbolizing their unspoken bond.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.