Model 1863 Cavalry Bit

Object Number: 
1779
Date: 
1863-1868
Medium: 
Leather, iron, brass, steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 61 x 5 1/2 in. ( 154.9 x 14 cm )
Marks: 
cast: rosettes: "US"
Description: 
Leather, iron, and brass bit with bridle; blued iron single-rein curb bit has S-shaped lower branches with two cast circular brass rosettes riveted to upper branches on each side of cylindrical bar mouthpiece; brown leather reins fastened together with iron buckles and looped through two rings at front of lower branches; blued steel curb chain with brown leather strap cover fastened to back of upper branches; leather halter fastened with circular cast brass rosettes.
Gallery Label: 
This bit and bridle are of the type used by U.S. cavalrymen from the later years of the Civil War until 1868.
Credit Line: 
Presented by DeWitt M. Lockman, 1931
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group