Object Title

Bridle and bit

Bridle and bit



Object Number



Acquired before 1859.

Physical Description

The bit is of curb form, in polished iron and with a chin loop. Attached to the arms are two lengths of tablet woven braid in red and white, that act as reins. Attached to each rein near the bit is a wooden toggle that prevents a gilded ring sliding past. These rings carry a long braided red cord that pases from one to the other. There is no headstall.


Dimensions: The length of the arms of the bit is 120 mm, the inside width of the bit is 105 mm. Weight: The weight is 0.75 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.548, p.115.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.667, p.13.


This bit and reins is exactly comarable with XXVIH.8 and was probably produced by the same maker.