The Wallace Collection

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Bit
  • Bit
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Spain or Germany
  • c. 1640
  • Steel, chiselled and russeted
  • Weight: 12 kg, at the port
    Weight: 2.04 kg
  • A395
  • European Armoury III
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  • ‘Cannon’ bit with a square port, or 'upset mouth', of darkened steel, pierced and chiselled, and of great weight and size. The branches are S-shaped and decorated with spiral ribands. At the sides in place of bosses are two pierced compositions of branches surmounted by a crown and ending in a finial of four addorsed scrolls. The cheek-pieces have heart-shaped piercings and notched edges; at the eye are two swivel rings, notched and chiselled. The branches are connected by two chains, curbed and roped. Cone-shaped or 'cannon' mouth-piece with a dangle or pendant of five small chains at the port.