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Anybody know what these really are?

Post by Joseph Sullivan » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:07 pm

Friends;

these are clearly not as advertised, but what are they? Do they even have a military connection?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Indian-Wars-1 ... wX~dWjbql
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Post by Brian P. » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:06 pm

Those are in fact the bridle rosettes for the M1874 and M1885 Cavalry Bridles. They are rivetted through the loops of the browband.

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Post by Joseph Sullivan » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:41 pm

Interesting.

The Board did decree that the ornament would be held by a rivet that passed through the cut. On the other hand, I own an original bridle which is equipped with bulls-eye rosettes that have the normal loop, so maybe the rivet approach didn't work in practice? Does anybody know anything about this?

I also wonder how the seller can be sure thy are not new, re-enactor items. It wold be pretty simple to stamp these out.
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Post by wkambic » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:36 am

I suspect the only way to know would be to put your hands on them and examine them. Some repros are VERY good and some are not.
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Post by Todd » Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:31 am

Given that they're just stamped pieces of sheet brass, you'd almost have to see some extra images of the original package, etc.

Joe - if you could, shoot a pic of your browband ornaments and share - I've never seen a loop on a bullseye ornament. Most I've seen were the riveted variety, but that being said, bridles aren't my strong suit.

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