ANCIENT ROMAN HORSESHOE 3rd-5th CENTURY AD
Forged iron 3 3/4” greatest dimension. 3/3 nail holes as survived through the early Medieval period. The plate shaped to the face of the horse’s hoof with central opening to avoid impact and infection. The leading edge worn from use. These were worn by chariot horses and have been recovered at known battle sites. There is some disagreement about the invention of the horseshoe with a minority opining that it was the druids, however, historians largely agree that it was the Romans, and this is one of the earliest ones. One Plexiglas display easel. Great holiday gift for a horse lover.