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This must have been quite the horse! During the Georgian and Victorian era, when a prized horse would die, the owner would make various memorabilia out of several parts of the beloved creature. Many times the hooves were used to make inkwells or pin cushions. This particular piece is inscribed " ROBIN BY-ALLOW ME- KINGSBRIDGE- 1871- POONA 1887". It appears to be silver plated but the top seems to have been shined by an obsessively clean person. The bottom of the hoof has a maker's mark that reads " MOUNTED BY THE A & N C. S. L." which stood for Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd. The business existed from 1871 to 1922 and produced knives, guns and other fancy wares. A very sweet piece of Victorian history.
- Listed on May 19, 2012
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