Seldom found bridle rosettes from 1923-30s.
These are a scarce pair of horse bridle rosettes used by the 1st U.S. Field Artillery from 1923 into the 1930s (before mechanization). The distinctive insignia, designed to be worn on the uniform were used here on these brass rosettes.
Scarlet is the color of the artillery branch, and the symbolism used here is the grape shot canister in center, for a remark attributed to General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War, “A little more grape, Captain Bragg.” The tower on the top center represents the defense of Fort Sumter at the beginning of the Civil War, and a maple leaf commemorates the regiments engagements in Canada during the War of 1812.
Overall the polished brass rosettes are 51mm diameter, and have heavy brass wires attached on the back for fastening to the leather bridle straps. There is some patina on both, and traces of brass cleaner residue in protected areas.
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