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branding iron

From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

A long-handled branding iron with an S or 2 on the end. There is a loop at the top for hanging.
L-786mm W-80mm H-60mm
Object Registration
branding-iron rural livestock-industry
Historical information
Branding irons are used to print a burn an identifying marker on the hide of horses or cattle so that they may be later identified if they become lost or escape from their pasture. The irons were typically forged by blacksmiths using a toolset that included hammers, anvils and chisels.
The branding irons were used by heating the end bearing the owner’s initials to a very high temperature in a furnace, and then burnishing it against the skin of the cow. Brands were registered with state governments as unique marks. This allowed for a state registry to be maintained.
This item is an example of a common implement used in the livestock industry in Orbodt.
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:12AM