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Title Iron bit (part of bridle)
Nationality Spanish
Period early 17th century

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]


My Arisaka arrived at 9.00am. Very prompt delivery and excellent packaging! The blade is superb.. and just what I was after, its in very fine condition and just as you described.. I've referenced it in my copy of Raymond La Bar's book "Bayonets of Japan".

Many thanks, Chris, once again its been a pleasure doing business!

S A, UK, 14.08.2012

I wanted to thank you for the perfect service that you did selling and packing the swords. Everything worked perfect. At the airport I had no troubles at all, the airline took the package without been astonished at all.

H S, Austria, 19.10.2007