Bibliography of Reference Books
Apart from the NHBS publications on the subject listed in Trade Items there have been, over the years, a number of specialist publications on the subject of horse brasses. Compiled here as a reference bibliography are most of the main works, which it is hoped, will assist those collectors seeking reference to horse brasses at book fairs (or on ebay) for instance.
An asterisk * placed before a publication is used to denote that, though it may not necessarily contain chapters or pictures of individual brasses, It will however be a closely related subject containing good clear photographs depicting heavy horses wearing decorated harness and/or brasses. Those publications containing only related pages or chapters are denoted within their individual listings.
Alison, E.V. Brass Amulets, (pp 89-96) in The Connoisseur, An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors, (Herbert-Bailey, J.T, Editor) Vol. XXXI, September-December 1911, Otto Ltd. London.
Bradley, Geoffrey, Collecting Horse Brasses, (pp. 81-86) in, The Connoisseur, A Magazine for Collectors, (Grundy, C. Reginald, Editor) Vol. LXXXVII No. 354 February, 1931, Bemrose & Sons Ltd. London.
Brears, Peter, (1981) Horse Brasses, Country Life Books, London.
Brown, R.A. (1949) Horse Brasses, Their History and Origin, Baxter Ltd. Lewes.
Burgess, F. W. (1914) Chats on Old Copper and Brass, (Chapter 17, Old Horse Brasses and Other Amulets pp 153-161.) Ernest Benn, London
Carter, H.R. (1916) English Horse Amulets (p.143) in The Connoisseur, An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors, (C.R. Grundy, Editor) Vol. LXV (May-August), W. Claude Johnson, London.
Carter, H. R. The Age of Horse Brasses, (pp. 214-219) in,The Connoisseur, A Magazine for Collectors, (Grundy, C. Reginald, Editor) Vol. LXXXVII No. 356 April, 1931, Bemrose & Sons Ltd. London.
*Chivers, Keith, (1985) The London Harness Horse Parade, A Centenary History, J.A. Allen & Co Ltd, London.
*Clark, Edward, N, (1989) The Cart Horse on the Quay, The Story of the Liverpool Cart Horses, Countryside, Garstang.
*Evans, George Ewart, (1960) The Horse in the Furrow, (Chapter 18, pp 223-228, Horse Brasses and Other Ornaments) Faber and Faber, London.
*Hart, Edward, (1989) The Heavy Horse, Shire Publication Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks.
Hartfield, George (1965) Horse Brasses, Abelard-Schuman, London.
*Holden, Brian, (1985) The Long Haul, The Life and Times of the Railway Horse, J.A. Allen & Co London.
Hughes, G. Bernard, (1956) Horse Brasses and other small items for the collector, (pp 11-27 Horse Brasses) Country Life Books Ltd, London.
Hughes, Therle (1967) Cottage Antiques, (pp 149-53) Lutterworth, London.
Keegan, Terry, (1973) The Heavy Horse, its Harness, and Harness Decoration, Pelham Books Ltd, London.
Richards, H.S. (1943) All About Horse Brasses, Deverlea Products Ltd., Birmingham.
Richards, H.S. (1944) Horse Brass Collections Vols 1, 2, & 3. Henry Devonshire, Birmingham.
Rowed, Charles, (1920) Collecting as a Pastime, (pp 140-143 Old Horse Amulets) Cassell and Company, Ltd., London.
Vince, John, (1968) Discovering Horse Brasses, Shire Publications, Tring.
Wills, Geoffrey, (1968) The Book of Copper and Brass, (pp 61-63 Horse Brasses) Country Life Books, London.
*Villiers, Guy, (1976) The British Heavy Horse, Barrie & Jenkins, London.
*Wooding, Harry (1991) Liverpool's Working Horses, Print Origination (NW) Ltd, Liverpool.
*Wright, Phillip A. (1971) Salute the Carthorse, Ian Allan Ltd, London.
Yoxhall, Sir James, (1913) More About Collecting, (pp 323-328 Brass Amulets for Harness) Stanley Paul & Co. London