Model 1863 Cavalry Bit
Leather, iron, brass, steel
Overall: 61 x 5 1/2 in. ( 154.9 x 14 cm )
cast: rosettes: "US"
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.
This bit and bridle are of the type used by U.S. cavalrymen from the later years of the Civil War until 1868.
Presented by DeWitt M. Lockman, 1931
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