The crescent is a Middle Eatern symbol of moon worship, but on the English horse brass,it also appears as a heraldic charge at a time most people could neither read nor write, but could relate meaningfully with symbols. The art of heraldry developed early in the Middle Ages with shields of warriors emblazoned with the moon (crescent) emblem. The usual form is with the points facing upward, known as the “simple crescent.” When it is used to indicate the second son of a family, it is the “mark of cadence.” If the points face to the left (sinister) left of the shield, it is said to be “decrescent), but if they point to the right it is known as “increscent). The use of brasses may serve the dual purpose of protecting the horse or warrior, while displaying the manoral lord’s device would show deference and loyalty. Used on the plough horse’s martingales or warrior’s shield would have been an outward sign of the acceptance of his feudal relationship with his manoral lord.
Horse Brass: Plain Crescent
Horse Brass: Plain Crescent.
Made by ARMAC Brassworks, Birmingham, England.
Hand cast using only the finest British brass.
Casting mix includes pure first-run brass rich in pure copper for superior color.
Hand filed to remove any rough edges left during casting.
Hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of high quality brass.
ARMAC Brassworks has been creating quality brasswares for more than 75 years.