Antique Bridle Rosettes are horse bridle decorations which appeared in the mid 1800’s and disappeared at the close of the horse drawn carriage. This particular rosette features the symbol of the Grand Army of the Republic or GAR. The leather cord measures 18″ long.
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army (United States Army), Union Navy (U.S. Navy), Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. It was founded in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois, and grew to include hundreds of “posts” (local community units) across the nation (predominantly in the North, but also a few in the South and West). It was dissolved in 1956 at the death of its last member, Albert Woolson (1850–1956) of Duluth, Minnesota.