Historical Curb Bits

The Officers of Napoleon 3rd’s Army liked to have ornamented effects which attested their upper rank in the army, and those of the Guides were famous for their fantastic bridles, bits and uniforms, faithful to this “cavalry tradition”.

The Guides were light cavalry soldiers and they had scout missions and sometimes protected Napoleon 3rd and his family during trips or parades.

The Prince Murat bit
This curb bit is a historical reproduction and it is characteristic for the midst 19th century. It could have belonged to a Guide’s officer of the Imperial Guard and would have been used when the officer was off duty.

The Napoleon bit
This bit is also a historical reproduction and it is a Guides’ officer’s bit from Napoleon 3rd’s Imperial Guard.   The crowned “N” is typical for this prestigious regiment and this bit was used when the officer served the regiment.

 

 

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