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Branding Irons and Horse Shoes HC198
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Branding Irons and Horse Shoes HC198

Livestock branding has been used to identify ownership of cattle. The branding iron consists of an iron rod with a symbol or mark and was heated in a fire. When red-hot it was pressed against the cow's hide, leaving a permanent mark. The iron horse shoes were used to protect the horse's feet. Blacksmiths used heat to beat and shape the horse shoe to fit the hoof.
max dimension: 250mm

subject area: Social Science, Technology, The Arts
specific themes: Identification, Transport, Farming 

handling collection number: HC198

Branding Irons and Horse Shoes HC198
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