Lucky horseshoes, these are given as gifts to brides on their wedding day.  The ribbon would be held in the bride’s hand or on her wrist with the two ends of the horseshoe upright as this is believed to stop the good luck from falling out.  All over the world the horseshoe is a symbol of luck and is believed that as they are in the shape of a crescent moon that they will promote fertility.

Horseshoes have been given for many years to newlyweds as a sign of good luck for the duration of their married life. Originally, they were made of iron as the materials were readily available and iron represents rock and fire coming together like a marriage.

These days the horseshoe is manufactured using lightweight materials to make it more comfortable for the bride to carry.  The lucky horseshoes pictured would probably date from the 1950’s or 1960’s due to the materials used.  Horseshoes are still given to brides today and are most likely to be made of plastic or wood.





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Date 1950s, 1960s
Material(s) CardboardPaperFabric
Item number MBPO239

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