Modified Driving Bit

I’m trying to work out what has happened to this bit and why.
AustoHungarian driving bit

It’s a 19th Century steel Austrohungarian driving bit with an arched mouth – that much is clear.

However on its near (left) side it has a Pelham type ring for a snaffle rein, but on the off (right) side it does not. I suspect it was removed after manufacture rather than having broken off because it has a smooth finish.

Austro-Hungarian driving bit AustroHungarian driving bit

Also on the inner surface there is a diagonally slanted slot and a recess for a stud – the inner surface of the off side has a “patch” of steel, presumably covering the slots on that side.

Slots in antique driving bit
Patch on driving bit

Possibly the slots held some sort of crest or decoration, and this bit belonged to the nearside horse in a pair , so it was not felt necessary to decorate the offside ? But that doesn’t quite explain the rein rings… Any ideas ?

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