Offered is a regulation, US Model M1861 Artillery Bit, Bridle, Reins & USA rosettes. A complete, original artillery driver rig.
This is a remarkable set, manufactured by Watervliet Arsenal, and so marked on the cheek pieces. As well, the letters US, are stamped 3 times over the bit. The bit still retains both of the US bit bosses.
The bit is a rich, dark iron, and is not the tinned, so called similar M1863 bit, which in actuality was plated after the war for use in Indian War period.
Additionally, the headstall is complete with both USA intertwined rosettes with lead filled back. The leather sports the proper brass horseshoe buckles.
As can be seen in the photo, the black leather is still "live", very pliable and no red rot or major damage present other than normal crazing. A truly spectacular specimen.
Complete in every respect and hard to find in recent years. And this one is in great shape to boot.
Shows and displays well, and a great addition to any cavalry or mounted horsemen display. A wonderful addition for the discerning collector or museum.