The Christians have their Cross, the Jews have their Star of David, and the Muslims have the crescent moon (although many Muslims reject the symbol since the faith of Islam has historically had no symbol and many refuse to accept what is essentially thought an ancient pagan icon of Central Asia and Siberia). Lets look at some facts. The city of Byzantium (later known as Constantinople and Istanbul) adopted the crescent moon as its symbol and featured it on their flag before the birth of Christ. Perhaps in honour of the goddess Diana, or perhaps the battle in which the Romans defeated the Goths on the first day of a lunar month. When the Ottoman Empire (Turks) conquered Constantinople in 1453, they adopted the city’s flag and symbol as their own, then ruled the Muslim world. Legend has it that the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman, had a dream in which the crescent moon stretched from one end of the earth to the other. Taking this as a good omen, he decided to keep the crescent as a symbol of his dynasty. There is speculation that the five points on the star represent the five pillars of Islam, although this is not known as fact. After centuries of fighting with Christian Europe, it is understandable how the symbols of this empire became linked in people’s minds with the faith of Islam as a whole. Returning European Crusaders brought crescent moon amulets back from their battles in the Middle east, introducing the symbols to European cultures and eventually designed into our horse brasses as an artifact of history, symbol of a great religion, and protection from ancient fears of the unknown that may have followed them from the battle fields.
HORSE BRASS: ABBEYS/CATHEDRALS/RELIGION: Crescent With Star In Middle./
Cast using a pure first-run ingot brass mix high in copper for superior colour and durability. Hand filed and polished at the foundry to remove rough edges and bring out the natural beauty of quality brass. High copper content increases cost, but results in a superior brass. All of our brassware is collectorquality.