Brass

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Brass

An alloy of copper and zinc. It has low friction and so is used in manufactured products such as gears and valves. It is also used in musical instruments.. It may be traded as a commodity on exchanges such as the London Metal Exchange.
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These became the horse brasses used on leather harness.
pounds 3.50 for cleaning brass finger plates and horse brasses in a pub.
Even the introduction to the Welsh section of the guide praises the nation's hotels for being 'devoid of horse brasses, Welsh love spoons and chintz', and for adopting a more modern approach.
The bar bristles with beer fonts and there are snug corners, horse brasses on the walls and old pewter drinking tankards.
The Cross Keys is an old-fashioned, properly pubby pub, with lots of dark wood, horse brasses and hopbines - even though food is now clearly its driving force.
If you want flock wallpaper, horse brasses and sepia photographs then it's not the place for you.
I am not enough of a city snob to expect horse brasses on the walls, but nor was predicting it to be quite so stylish.
"I watched my father decorate them by plaiting their manes with ribbons and polishing their horse brasses for the May Day parade," Mrs Sugrue adds.
It's not over-the-top horse brasses everywhere or fake paintings but proper pictures, worn slate floors, solid tables and old rugs on the floor.
Possibly an old Welsh longhouse, the pub has two bars (you have to step into the car park to get from one to the other), and is suitably cluttered with hunting prints, horse brasses and old jugs - just like pubs used to be before the corporate bigwigs started filling them with pretend old stuff.
The beams are dotted with the ubiquitous horse brasses that are almost obligatory in an inn this old, and pump clips from ales that must have flowed here in the past, interspersed with zits of Blu-Tack that once held up long-gone paraphernalia.