Item: "US" Rosette for Horse Blinder - Post-Civil War
Approximate size: 1-1/4 inch diameter.
Condition: Very good, excavated. Brown patina. One of the three attachment "ears" is broken.
Recovered: May 1, 1990, on north bank of Gravelly Run near Quaker Bridge, Dinwiddie Co., VA.
Comments: This rosette is not a Civil War period relic. This type is believed to be in use on horse bridles or headstalls as early as the Spanish/American war. Many of these bridles or headstalls with "US" rosettes fitted to the blinders ended up in the hands of dirt farmers who continued their use with work horses and mules long after the war explaining why they are recovered by diggers in Civil War sites. This example was acquired directly from the digger's family. The digger hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia and adjacent states for several decades. Included in the additional images of this relic is an image of the digger's index card for this relic indicating, in most cases, the relic's identification, assessment of condition, recovery date & location, and other general information. An image of this index card will be included along with the description and image of the relic. If you appreciate that excavated appearance with detailed written provenance in the digger's own hand, then this relic is for you. This rosette will be an excellent addition to any excavated post-Civil War or general relic collection.
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