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The earliest horse brasses were handmade by the village brassmaker or blacksmith, hammered and filed into shape.
The last of the large manufacturers of horse brasses stopped making them in 1810, though a few small businesses still made stamped and cast brasses.
Horse brasses can be purchased new, if you know where to look for them, but old ones are getting harder to find.
A close examination of old horse brasses can give a clue as to whether they are quite ancient (made by hand, with firing marks around their edges) or made in a modern mold.
The corrosion behavior of silicon brasses (C87500 and C87800), high-zinc yellow brass (C85800), low-zinc yellow brass (C85200), leaded-tin bronze (C83450) and silicon bronzes (C87600 and C87610) in permanent mold and sand-cast conditions was studied in soft water by M.