Why would England select the rose as its national flower? Because it is a symbol of the heart, centre of the cosmic wheel, hope and joy. It is the first among flowers and expresses beauty, grace and perfection. A red blossom is a symbol of martyrdom and the passion of Christ; the white, an expression of love and faith in Christian symbolism. The white rose represents purity and the yellow rose is a symbol of absolute achievement. The conventional form of a heraldic rose has five displayed petals that mimic the look of a wild rose on a hedgerow. The famous Wars of Roses brought a series of civil wars to England and lasted from 1455 to 1487. The House of Lancaster (represented by the red rose in their family badges) fought against the House of York (represented by the white rose), with members of the aristocracy and private armies of feudal Lords, taking sides. It all started over who should become king after the overthrow of Richard II by his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster in 1399. Both Houses were branches of the Plantagenet royal house, each tracing their descent from Edward III. It ended with an eventual Lancasterian victory at the Battle of Stoke Field on June 16, 1487. After the war, the heraldic rose developed a double row of petals which was obviously an effort to combine the two rival emblems into a theme of national unity as a means of bringing all the people together once again.
Horse Brass: English Rose
Horse Brass: English Rose.
Made by ARMAC Brassworks, Birmingham, England.
Hand cast using only the finest British brass.
Casting Mix includes pure first-run brass rich with pure copper to enhance the natural beauty of high quality brass.
Hand filed after casting to remove any rough edges left after casting.
Hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of quality brass
ARMAC Brassworks has been producing quality brasware for more than 75 years.