US MODEL 1874 SHOEMAKER BIT

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Item Code: M25489

Original US cavalry curb bit of the pattern of 1874 that was designed by Army Captain William Shoemaker.  The Captain’s stated purpose was to develop a horse bit for cavalry mounts that was “lighter and more humane” than the previous heavier military bits. This piece is stamped with the arsenal marking of “R I A” on the right or ‘off-side’ cheek piece. Rock Island Arsenal was located on the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, IL.

In good overall complete condition, this iron artifact has a surface that has darkened and discolored with age and storage. Bit is tight and strong with a low port or arch in the center of the mouth piece bar.  Curb bit also retains its two lower rein rings and the slobber bar.  In addition, the bit still retains both original US ‘bosses’ on the cheek or side branches. There is no curb chain.  [ad]

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