Dating antique horseshoes
You might be able to identify the age of a horseshoe by its material or its shaping.
A hand-shaped horseshoe will have edges that are less perfectly rounded than a machined shoe.
In the 19th century, blacksmiths forged horseshoes from iron, while 20th-century manufacturers fabricated modern horseshoes using steel.
As 19th-century wrought iron rusts away, the iron silicate becomes exposed. If a corroded horseshoe looks like rotting wood, then it is likely a wrought-iron horseshoe from the 19th century.
If a seller claims that the antique horseshoe is associated with a specific war, campaign, or battlefield, or more specifically was worn by a notable equine, like a famous racehorse, ask for documentation that supports the claim.
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Someone can recycle old horseshoes by giving them to friends or family. Otherwise, one can make a post of Craigslist asking if anyone wants used horseshoes, and he will most likely receive an immediate reply.Dating an antique horseshoe to a particular time period is challenging.