Terry Keegan 1931-2012The National Horse Brass Society was founded by Terry Keegan in 1975 to cater for people interested in harness decorations, especially those for the heavy horse. Terry through research had built up a vast knowledge about brasses and published books on the subject. During the seventies many brasses of inferior quality were being cast for the souvenir trade so Terry started designing brasses of very high quality, had them cast and established the Heavy Horse Enthusiast the marketing outlet for his brasses. His daughter Alison Garbett has carried on the tradition and as well as their own retail sales they produce all the NHBS membership and special brasses.

Membership has for many years at around 350, of whom,17% are overseas in the USA, Canada, Europe  South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Terry in his workshopThe Society arranges meetings and displays where you have an opportunity to meet like - minded people to gain knowledge and seek help and advice on collecting horse brasses. For the beginner you will discover the many books available on all aspects of collecting and hundreds of antique and modern brasses available to purchase at prices to suit all pockets.

Members receive an annual cast horse brass of changing design, two glossy Journals (January and July) and two Newsletters (April and October). Society members are encouraged to send in articles and pictures for the Newsletter and Horse Brass the NHBS journal. The more adventurous also send in designs for the annual membership brass.

The six most practical designs are selected by the Society’s brass designer and the drawings are submitted to the members who vote for what is considered the best. The designs are sent out with the AGM papers and the winning design announce at the meeting is then produced the following year

Ipsden meeting a brass collectors Heaven Comprehensive archives are available for reference and authoritative booklets of various types of decorations are regularly published. Titles are detailed in our Newsletters and currently there are a total of 14 publications each containing a wealth of text and photographs.

Those joining part way into a year, pay the full annual subscription and receive all Journal, Newsletter and member brass entitlements for that 12-month period.
We are a friendly informal group and there are always members willing to help each other especially new members. I do hope you will join us which can be done on line, or for those who wish to join by post, please go to the downloadable

Membership Renewal/Application Form.