Old South Military Antiques

Confederate Bridle Bit
Item #: OS-7371




The Confederate bridle bit shown here is the rarest of Confederate bridle bits. It was made in England circa 1860 for the newly formed Confederacy. Very few of this rare, 1860 pattern survive and almost none in non-excavated condition. The "C” cheek bosses are somewhat more frequently encountered in excavated condition. These are invariably excavated in Virginia Cavalry camps. There are two schools of thought regarding these bits: one, that they were only for Confederate officers; two, that they were issued to the very first Virginia Cavalry that entered Confederate service and served in the cavalry arm of the Army of Northern Virginia. In either case, this is the most widely recognized and sought after Confederate bit. This one has seen service, but it is in perfect condition. The bosses are original to the bit and remain tight. This is, I believe, the only example that I have ever encountered that retained its original curb chain. The curb chain remains intact and in perfect condition.

The bridle is post war, but the pattern and russet leather are correct for the period, only the rivets give away its post war geneses. The bridle and the high quality horse mannequin come with the bit at no charge.

Price $8,500.00 USD