This antique steel bit was handforged - one can still see the lamellar lines in the metal of the mouthpiece.
The mouthpiece has a low port.
The long curved cheeks have two positions for curb reins. One cheek is stamped "Latchford" and the other "St Martins Lane". Members of the Latchford family were bit and spur makers in St Martin's Lane from the beginning of the 19th century until around 1900
Benjamin Latchfor was the author of " The Loriner : opinions and observations on bridle-bits and the suitable bitting of horses, with illustrations"
The bit still has its origininal 19th century curb hooks.
Dimensions : Mouthpiece 5¼" (13cm), Cheek length 10" (25cm)
Ref : Bit490
Price :£75.00 (+ £6.00 insured shipping within UK which should take 24-48 hours),
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