Victorian Patriotic Bridle Rosettes Made into Pins or Brooches
Victorian Patriotic Bridle Rosettes Made into Pins or Brooches – These four pairs of bridle rosettes depict American patriotic symbols; three pairs exhibit a bald eagle clutching an American flag on various tinted backgrounds under a thick, glass dome; a fourth pair, under a thick glass dome, as well, exhibits the great seal of the United States. Starting in the post-Civil War era, there was a wide variety of horse halter or bridle rosettes produced that were constructed of thick glass cover domes with pictures beneath – depictions of a variety of decorative elements. Comparable to these eight, the rosettes were brass backed with a bracket fitting so bridle leather could slide through. Each horse would have a pair of rosettes on either side of his head. These patriotic rosettes have since been made into weighty pins. Besides patriotic themes, rosette picture motifs included a wide variety of subjects-from horses and dogs, ducks and cattle, to machinery, covered wagons, windmills, and boats-to any number of stylized period designs. Most of these bridle buttons measure 1-3/4″ in diameter with a secure pin back; all remain in excellent condition. The price listed represents the cost per pair of rosettes – the buyer can choose which pair they would prefer.