Category Archives: old horseshoes

Graveyard ironwork.

An excellent place to search for historic blacksmith made ironworks are old graveyards, one can be lucky enough to stumble over a handmade grave surround amongst the broken factory produced victorian cast iron examples, This particular piece below is interesting … Continue reading

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Horseshoes as charms.

Horseshoes have been used as charms and protection against evil spirits from very early times, iron nails were driven in to house doors to keep away the plague and pestilence , the custom of nailing horseshoes above the door for … Continue reading

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Hoard of celtic horseshoes.

Recently ive found an interesting array of horseshoes dating from celtic through to saxon times , known as the wavy-rim shoe, due to the nail stamp bulging the outside border of the shoe during the making. The top left shoe … Continue reading

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ox shoes

Here are a pair of ox shoes found near buxton derbyshire, oxen were one of the earliest animals to be used for farming in western europe, records dating from before the norman conquest mention the shoeing of oxen by rural … Continue reading

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The early medieval guildhall shoe.

This horseshoe was found whilst metal detecting near buxton in the peak district, it dates from around 1250 , the early shoes used a T shaped nail whereas the later ones used a spiked nail, which became know as a … Continue reading

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Horse shoe nails

This is a modern horseshoe nail on the left and a celtic/saxon replica on the right ,the modern nail sits almost flush in the fullering, where as the celtic nail sits proud to provide traction along with the calkins at … Continue reading

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Ancient horseshoes.

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 … Continue reading

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