The Wallace Collection

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Bit
  • Bit
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1740
  • Steel, chiselled
  • Weight: 33 kg, at the port
    Weight: 1.63 kg
  • A397
  • European Armoury III
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  • Horse bit, one of a pair of A396, of bright steel pierced and chiselled; the cheek-pieces rigid and forming an openwork, scrolled design incorporating a grotesque winged monster with interlaced scrolls and acanthus leaves designed with great boldness and freedom, and finely wrought and finished; plain mouth-piece with a round port. These two bits were probably intended for a pair of carriage horses.The bosses are missing from both bits.