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Union cavalry horse bit?

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  1. StevenH

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    I recently moved into a house that was once a barn and I found an old horse bit. It has the "US" labels and looks like a Union cavalry horse bit. I cannot see any other markings. Is it a Union cavalry horse bit? (I have attached a picture)
     
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    Hello! I am not versed in this area but someone will be able to help ! Welcome!
     
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    Hi, and thank you for the welcome. I live in Mt Morris NY about 30 minutes from the Genesee Country Museum. I go there every year to see the reenactments. They do a fantastic job.
     
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    I have no idea if it is CW era but I believe it is a cavalry bit. It has a high port and long curved shank. Could be a very harsh bit in the hands of a poor rider, but also was used in horses that were very head strong and prone to run - in or out of the cavalry - regular people used that style too. That piece I actually got from a 19th century ex British cavalry officer writing piece.
     
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    Thank you.....
     
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    Welcome From THE Hear Of Dixie, Its hard to tell from the photo but it appears to be a model 1859 cavalry bit. Here is one I dug from Gen Wilson's Cavalry camps here in Alabama.
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    Thank you for all the welcomes!...........Does anyone know how I can clean up my horse bit?
     
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    also, is there a way I can get my horse bit authenticated as an actual 1859 cavalry bit?
     
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    Its hard to tell from the photos just how much rust there is. I would get all the rust off and then boil it in museum quality renaissance wax for 2 hours to remove any moisture and the bit it back in the cooling wax to seal. I need better photos but I'm 99% sure its a model 1859. Look and see if there are any makers marks where the leather goes thru (yellow arrow) This is a complete one with curb chain, rings and us bosses.
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    OK,thanks!
     
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    another thing that would help is a close up of the US
     
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    OK, I'll get some better pics.......
     
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    Here are pics of the emblems. I purchased a lighted magnifying glass and markings are there: there is a name I cannot decipher and under that it says "Newark NJ".
     

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