Dunster Yarn Market - a horse brass


A Horse Brass showing Dunster Yarn Market

Why Dunster?  Why make a horse brass of Dunster Yarn Market?  Dunster is a small village about 1.5 miles east of Minehead on the Bristol Channel coast.  Okay it has a mildly pretty and unusual Yarn Market dating from the 17th century (see photo below) that replaced an earlier one that burned down.  It was a place that accommodated wool and other cloth merchants.  But the whole village is dominated by a great castle on a hill.  Why not make your horse brass of Dunster Castle?  Or come to think of it, Krakatoa erupting, the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (okay, okay so no one really knows what that last one looked like), or to bring the matter closer to home, Glastonbury Tor or Wells Cathedral?  We are not just imagining it…. If you go to any self respecting Horse Brass site on the internet, there will be Dunster Yarn Market twinkling at you.

Answers on a post card please.

We believe this to be an old (ish) fake horse brass – you will see the others (above) described as ‘Vintage’.  We think this is a misleading word – we are not sure what it means in this context.  We prefer oldish.  It is a fake in that it was never really intended to go on a horse and certainly never has had even a whiff of one.  It was made for decorative purpose or for collectors – or so we believe.

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