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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.

Bradshaw, Richard, and Jones Ian, (2011) The Collectors Anthology of Antique Horse Brasses Volume 1, N.H.B.S. Publications, Nothend, Sheffield. 

Bradshaw, Richard, and Jones Ian, (2017) The Collectors Anthology of Antique Horse Brasses Volume 2,N.H.B.S. Publications, Northend, Sheffield.

Brown, Jonathan, (1950) The Horse in Husbandry, Farming Press, Ipswich.

Butler, Simon, (2012) Goodbye Old Friend, A Sad Farewell to the Working Horse,Halsgrove, Wellington, Somerset.  

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.

Caunce, Stephen, (1991) The Horselads of East Yorkshire, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

*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.

*Cockcroft, Barry, (1978) Princes of the Plough, The Return of the Heavy Horse, J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd, London.

*Gordon, W.J. (1971) The Horse-World of London(1893) David and Charles Reprints, Newton Abbot. 

*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.

Hart, Edward, (1994)Heavy Horses: An Anthology, Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd, Stroud.

Hart, Edward, (1976) The Golden Guinea Book of Heavy Horses Past and Present, David & Charles, Newton Abbot. 

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.

*Oaksey, John, (1979) Pride of the Shires The Story of the Whitbread Horses, Hutchinson, London.

Paget-Tomlinson, Edward, (1990) The Railway Carriers, Terrence Dalton, Lavenham. 

Richards, H.S. (1938) More Horse Brasses, H. Devonshire, Birmingham.

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.

*Richardson, Clive, (1985) Driving, The Development & Use of Horse Drawn Vehicles, B.T. Batsford Ltd, London. 

Rowed, Charles, (1920) Collecting as a Pastime, (pp 140-143 Old Horse Amulets) Cassell and Company, Ltd., London.

Robinson, Lynne, (2013) The Horse Brass Collectors Handbook, Alpha Graphics, Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Robinson, Lynne, (2016) The Horse Brass Collectors Hanbook (Book Two)Alpha Print and Graphics, Tamworth, Staffordshire. 

*Smith, Donald J, (1982) The Horse on the Cut, The Story of the Canal Horses of Britain, Patrick Stephens, Cambridge.

*Stewart-Wilson, Mary, (1991) The Royal Mews,The Bodley Head, 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.

*Weatherley, Lee, (1978) Great Horses of Britain,Spur Publications, Saiga Publishing Co Ltd, Hindhead.

*Weatherley, Lee, (1972) Heavy Horse Handbook, The Southern Counties Horse Ploughing Association.  

Whitlock, Ralph (1976) Gentle Giants, The Past, Present and Future of the Heavy Horse, Lutterworth press, Guildford and 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.

*Zeuner, Diana, (1998) The Working Horse Manual, Farming Press, Ipswich.