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Title Iron bit (part of bridle)
Nationality Spanish
Period early 17th century
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This is a particularly nice piece of decorative ironwork: a complex, double-jointed example, with all its attendant metalwork (ie chains and hooks) intact. There are rather sharp grooves on its bars, and quite clearly a miniature double eagle on both faces of the support elements (4th photo), strongly indicating Spanish provenance.

Condition: there is scattered surface rust on the piece throughout, but nothing substantially amiss with its general construction, although there is a crack on one of the hinges in the centre of the piece (see last photo). The ribbed elements are a light grey colour - sure evidence of a surface tinned to prevent rust; much of this finish is still extant, somewhat mixed up with rust patches. I have partially cleaned it, but a little further TLC would bring it up to its true glory.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Horse Furniture : Bridles : Spanish : 17th Century]

testimonials

The bayonet is a splendid addition to my collection...

C T, UK, 03.12.2008

Hi Chris, medals arrived safely and I am very pleased, will leave a mention for you on a military collectors forum and hopefully you may pick up some business.

Once again thank you.

Wayne Sinnot, UK, 04.08.2005

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