L. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm); W. of mouthpiece, 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 6 oz. (1531 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
This rare type of bit is described in a sixteenth-century treatise as "a defense in time of war so that the enemy cannot grab onto it with his hand." Grabbing the bit, or pulling it out of the mouth of an opponent’s horse, would make it difficult or impossible for a rider to control his horse in the press of battle, potentially leading to his defeat or death.
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