Turkish horseshoe : Chain Burnu, Gallipoli

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Kilid Bahr Area, Maidos
Accession Number RELAWM00410.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Steel
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Tear drop shaped horseshoe plate. The rounded front of the horseshoe has been crudely cut straight. There are three holes on either side near the front of the shoe to attach it to the horse's hoof with nails and a hole in the centre approximately 18 mm in diameter. The pointed rear end of the shoe is bent upwards. The horse shoe is rusted and corroded. One nail, with a flat squared head, is still held in the third nail hole on the right side of the shoe. The length of the nail is bent over in two areas.

History / Summary

Turkish horse shoes found at a dump at Chain Burnu, near Maidos in January 1919 by members of the Australian War Records Section (AWRS). The small party of AWRS staff, led by Lieutenant William Hopkin James, worked on Gallipoli, taking photographs and collecting items for the national collection from December 1918 to March 1919.