Brooch in the shape of a horseshoe with a riding crop

1914-1918 in United Kingdom
Amulet, tin, gilt

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Amulet, tin, gilt
Science Museum Group Collection
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Amulet, tin, gilt, brooch in form of shoe and riding crop on horseshoe, reputedly worn by soldier of the Middlesex Regiment during the First World War, from Lovett collection, British, 1914-1918.

The carrying of ‘lucky charms’ – as protective amulets against ill health and physical danger – is common in many cultures around the world. Horseshoes have long been considered lucky. This tin amulet and brooch with the words “Good Luck” engraved on to the horseshoe was reputedly worn by a soldier in the Middlesex regiment of the British army during First World War, 1914-1918.

The amulet was bought for the Wellcome collection in 1930 from Edward Lovett’s (1852-1933) collection of British amulets and charms. Lovett was a collector who documented different medical traditions and beliefs.


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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tin, gilt
overall: 13 mm x 40 mm x 22 mm, .002 kg
brooch and amulet
Loan, Wellcome Trust (Lovett Collection)