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post #1 of 3 Old 08-26-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Gold Horse Head

Hello all,

I am interested in a horse head I found on ebay but I am not too familiar with them. Can anyone tell me anything about it. I heard they were used at county fairs to tell owners where the horse barn is. I know this may be against the terms, but I need to get more info on this before I bid on it...

Http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gilded-Zinc-Gold-Horse-Head-France-Butcher-Shop-/280950732809?pt=Antiques_Decorative_Arts&hash=item 4169f7f809#ht_500wt_1374

Any help would be great!

Shawn
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-26-2012, 06:23 PM
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I actually watched an episode of Storage Wars last week that had one of these horse heads on it! So weird. Basically, the whole head isn't made of gold - I think they are made of tin or wood, and covered in gold leaf. They were used in France above butcher shop doors if they sold horse meat, and also above restaurant doors that served horse meat. The one on the show sold to an antiques dealer for about $2000 and he was planning to sell it for $3000. He seemed really excited about it, too. So based on that, I'd say $1000 is a good price.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-26-2012, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Oh cool. I think I may look into this a bit more.
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