Brooch in the shape of a horseshoe with a riding crop, United Kingdom, 1914-1918

Made:
1914-1918 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Amulet, tin, gilt, brooch in form of shoe and riding crop on horseshoe, reputedly worn by soldier of the Middlesex Regiment, from Lovett collection, British, 1914-1918

The carrying of ‘lucky charms’ – as protective amulets against ill health and physical danger – is common in many cultures around the world. Horseshoes have long been considered lucky. This tin amulet and brooch with the words “Good Luck” engraved on to the horseshoe was reputedly worn by a soldier in the Middlesex regiment of the British army during First World War.

The amulet was bought for the Wellcome collection in 1930 from Edward Lovett’s (1852-1933) collection of British amulets and charms. Lovett was a collector who documented different medical traditions and beliefs.

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Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A79856
type:
brooch
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
  • pin - jewelry
credit:
Lovett collection
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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