Ancient horseshoes.

Saxon wavy-rim horseshoe.

Saxon wavy-rim horseshoe.

This is a celtic /saxon wavy-rim shoe probably 9th-10th century, found whilst metal detecting near buxton, the main difference between this and a modern day shoe is the shape of the nail holes, and nails , oval depressions were hot punched most of the way through the iron then circular holes were punched though the remaining thickness, distorting the outer edge of the shoe. The amazing thing for me was , during the clean up when the iron was heated, the last person to smell the hot iron , was the man who made it, a thousand years ago!,

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