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Book Review of
Bridle Rosettes

By E. Helene Sage

This book will delight the horse lover. It is the first book to cover this special subject. The functional, yet decorative rosettes on the horse bridle are now identified. It is hard to imagine but there were over 10,000 different styles created. The majority were produced from 1850 to 1930. The rosettes were composed of a variety of materials that include: bone; composition; glass, horse hair; horn; ivory; leather; metal; rubber and wood. A wide variety of subject matter was also used that included: animals; crests; crosses; flowers; initials; insects; military; mythical; organizations; people; railroads; royalty; and ships. While a variety of companies produced the rosettes, the premier company was Enterprise Manufacturing of Akron, Ohio. It is interesting to note that the founder, E. F. Pflueger was well known for making fishing tackle and lures.

The chapters fully describe the material the rosettes were made out of along with a history of the designs and types made. There were rosettes made to represent a business, organization and military. There were rosettes made to be a pin. A final chapter includes contemporary styles along with recycled ones. Information is given on how to care for and restore a rosette.

A dust jacket covers this hardback book that is 8 ½” x11”. The 824 color photos are on 256 pages. The book retails for $59.99

Bridle Rosettes




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