Federal officer bit color?
I recently bought an old Carrico Federal bridle and bit. The color of the bit is a dull silver, but I don't know if it came this way or the japanned finish has worn off over the years. Since I'm converting my gear to that of an officer, I'm wondering if an officer's bit should be black like enlisted, or would silver or perhaps a gold / brass color be correct? I've seen gold gilt added to bridle bits in period pictures, but I suppose it could just be a photographers flourish. Several internet searches haven't revealed anything definitive. This would be for a Federal Cavalry Captain impression. Thanks!
Gary Lee Bradford, Captain
9th Kansas Regiment Volunteer Cavalry, Company F
On patrol of the KS / MO border
In honor of my great-great uncle, Pvt. Sidney J. Hatch, 7th Tennessee Cavalry (US), Co. D, who died Sept. 23, 1863, at the age of 21. .