Antique 17th Century European Horse Iron Curb Bit with Leather Bridle
Rare and complete ensemble of antique Late 16th- early 17th Century European, most likely German, wrought Iron horse Curb Bit with Leather Bridle.
DETAILS: superbly hand forged iron Curb Bit mouthpiece bar with articulated, 'U-shaped '-port, and three rings on one side and one ring on other side.
Elaborated side cheek-pieces of excellent and precise wrought iron work in characteristic form, shaped in the middle of the shanks with stylized lion's heads and affixed with two slobber chains, hooks and suspension rings. The rawhide bridle with black leather bands, finally hand sown by the leather straps with punched holes set with white bone eyelets. The head piece adorned with three fringed tassels.
CONDITION: Age and usage are showing. Dark brown rusty oxides finish on the wrought iron parts, two rollers rings on one side of the mouthpiece are missing.
REFERENCES: European Weapons and Warfare 1618 – 1648 by Robert Wagner. Page:66