This antique horse grooming tool consists of a curved brass plate supported on an iron frame with a wooden handle
It would be used to remove sweat or water after bathing from a horse's coat.
The brass blade is stamped "G.Deakin, Sheffield, England" above this there is a stamped horse's head.- this mark was registered in 1842, George Deakin is recorded at various addresses in Sheffield between 1825 and 1865, so this scraper probably dates from around 1850.
It is also stamped " B & Co." - possibly a retailer ? There are a few dents and dings in the brass.
The iron frame has Deakin's cast horse head on each side where its branches meet.
The scraper has a turned wooden (?beech) handle, there are a few woodworm holes in the wood, but any worm is long dead.
There is a split in the brass collar where the frame joins the handle.
Dimensions : 8½" (21.5cm) wide x 8¾" (22cm) long, brass blade 2" (5cm)wide
Weight 341g (12⅛oz)
Ref : misc208-Sweatscraper
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