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Non-Dug artifacts From The Civil War Era
Rare Non-Excavated U.S. Model 1863 Artillery Style Bridle Bit with USA Headstall
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What a cool piece! It is an original Civil war bridle bit for a horse! This is the rare version that is known to collectors as the U.S. Model 1863 artillery bridle bit. When was the last time that you saw this style offered for sale? This one is in nice shape . These bits have the high port bar on one side but the front bar has strap loops instead of the large circular loops like the usual bits that you encounter. The rings are placed on the end near the strap loops. On the port bar you can still clearly see the "US" stamping. Both of the cast brass bridle rosettes are still present and as you can see they are in superb shape and they display well. This pattern of bit is illustrated and described on page 386 of the Dorsey and McPheeters book, the American Military Saddle, 1776 -1945. The piece has a great look like and it also has the original headstall. It is an original government headstall. This is the rare version that has the large 2 inch "USA" intertwined rosettes on each side. The rosettes are in excellent shape with the original brass attachment loops on the back as well as the lead fill. In 27 years this is only the fourth one of these we have been able to offer that still has all of the leather. There is a separations on one of the leather section that has a tape reinforcement. It is priced accordingly. This one has all six of the original brass horseshoe shaped harness buckles. This is a superb piece of Civil War artillery horse gear.

Item #: B2723
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Your Price:$695.00 USD
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