Re: A few more hand forged bits....
I actually have one much like the last non military bit pictured that I came across in an antique shop in rural Gordon Co., Georgia. The port on mine is lower and the branches of the cheek pieces wider but other than that the style is the same. Mine is kinda rough looking like it was made either by someone..well....not so talented...or homemade? I suspect they are more recent than "our" period but I wouldn't know one way or the other. Seems to me,some things just haven't changed much over the years when it comes to horses, or, changed only slowly.
They were buried down in a box of old farm junk along with a very nice ring snaffle. This place has been a favorite of mine for a long time because the guy who owns it seeks out farm equipment , horse related trappings (most post war period), most of it local (north Georgia) and is well off the beaten path. My kinda place!
I plan on using both bits.
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