Curb Bit

c. 1580–1600
Overall: 25.4 x 15.6 cm (10 x 6 1/8 in.)
Weight: 1.04 kg (2.29 lbs.)
Location: not on view
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A curb bit uses lever action, meaning that it multiplies the pressure applied by the rider.


A well-constructed curb bit was an essential piece of equipment for keeping a powerful battle stallion under control. Like other horse trappings, bits were often elegantly fashioned and ornamented. This example has applied and gilded bosses.
Curb Bit

Curb Bit

c. 1580–1600

Italy, late 16th Century

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