Object Title

Bit

Bit

Date

1520

Object Number

VI.201

Provenance

Possibly Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Curb bit, the branches of moderate length, the lower extremities only slightly curved. Ported mouth with a conical hollow roller on either side of the curved port, which is pierced for a missing dangle. Above the mouthpiece is fastened a chain with four roller rings. The curb-chain is formed with a central curved bar of hollow concave section with serrated edges. There are loops for a snaffle rein behind the mouthpiece pivots. Each branch terminates in a loop pierced by a short bar terminating in a loop that holds a rein-ring. This bar also serves to hold a narrow bar that connects the two branches. Each branch is pierced above for a second connecting bar, or for a chain, now missing. Riveted to each branch is a a large boss of gilt copper, embossed with a pine-cone in high relief. The branches and curb-chain retain extensive traces of gilding.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of branches: 229 mm (9 in) Weight: kg ( 3 lb 6 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Bibliographic References

G Rimer, T Richardson and J P D Cooper, Henry VIII: arms and the man, Leeds, 2009,

Notes

RC3: Royal association to be noted on loan papers to the Royal Armouries Board of Trustees.