My mum had lots of ornaments on our mantlepieces, mainly figures, with various brass pieces that needed cleaning with Brasso. She also had ornaments on the hearths, including a big brass dog and a plaster shire horse with all its bridles, brasses etc. We still have them, though not so many. The shire horse was given to us by my gran. She bought it secondhand around 1978 or so. It had a few little chips, but a brand new one was very expensive at the time.