Horse brasses are used as decorative pieces in country fairs, and collectors display their horse brasses by arranging them individually on surfaces throughout the home, or by hanging them on leather straps, the way they would’ve originally been worn. And while the most cherished item in Linda’s collection is the horse brass her mother gave her, the most valuable piece is a hand-painted Wedgwood pitcher that dates back to the 1850s. The foxhunt scene with horses and hounds is a popular pastime captured on a significant amount of equestrian art. Other treasured pieces in Linda’s collection include a Wedgwood teapot, a mug hand painted by artist Emma Wyatt, a Crown Dorset Staffordshire English bone china cup and saucer, and an Aiken Hunt Country China oval platter.
Equestrian keepsakes also connect friends and family who share a love of horses. Linda’s mother collected equestrian art, and now Linda’s two daughters are starting their own collections. And she plans to pass her own pieces down to her girls one day. “When I go into another person’s house who collects equestrian art, I immediately feel at home,” Linda says. “We don’t all have the same things, but the feel is the same. It’s something deep inside that we all relate to.”