MID-19TH CENTURY SNAFFLE BIT / LEATHER HEADSTALL FROM THE ECKERT - ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION OF GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: M16600

Once part of the famous Eckert - Rosensteel Civil War collection of Gettysburg, PA, this equestrian artifact is an original and complete heavy-duty, side-pull snaffle bit ensemble connected to its original leather headstall. Recovered from an undisclosed location on the Gettysburg battlefield, this common specimen of horse equipment exhibits the cheek, rings, mouthpiece and headstall and is in very good, strong condition. Used primarily for training or breaking in horses to accommodate the riding bits and bridles. Could also have been used as a draft horse-driving rig. This set comes complete with a loose-rings snaffle bit, leather cheek skirts, leather caveson, thick harness leather headstall bridle with buckle closures. No reins.

Iron snaffle bit has large rings on either side of the bit and when placed in the horse's mouth, the bit delivers mild but direct pressure from the reins held by the rider. Snaffle bit shows no maker's mark and no original colors left but has acquired a thin, hard surface of dark rust overall. No markings visible on the leather harness. All stitching is original and machine done. Thick leather straps and both leather cheek pieces are strong but covered with normal surface grime and dirt. No flaking or cracking. This example of horse equipment with its original snaffle bit and leather headstall bridle from the well-known Eckert-Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg would make a great addition to any Civil War era horse collection or display.

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