My Grandfather came into possession of this item years before I was born. At one time there was a leather strap, but that has been missing for a long time. Although not worth much, it is an interesting relic of history. Note the U.S. Emblem in the middle.
This is a United States Pre-World War I grooming Herbert Manufacturing Company horse brush. These particular grooming brushes were used by all branches of the United States Army, including the cavalry.