Vintage Hitched Horse Hair Bridle - Deer Lodge Prison For Sale
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Vintage Hitched Horse Hair Bridle - Deer Lodge Prison:
Vintage Hitched Horse Hair Bridle
Natural and Dyed Colors, Exquisite Knot Work, Highly Detailed Geometric Pattern
Attributed to an inmate at Deer Lodge Prison in Montana circa 1910-1920Up for sale is a vintage extra fine Hitched Horse Hair Bridle I collected nearly 40 years ago. This bridle is in original AS FOUND untouched condition and has been carefully preserved since I've owned it. The horse hair is soft and supple with incredible color but the leather is dry. This horse hair bridle is attributed to an inmate at Deer Lodge Prison in Montana circa 1910-1920. The craftsman incorporated a number of dyed colors throughout including pink, red, green, and orange. Natural colors present include black, chestnut/sorrel, gray, and white/flaxen. The design includes many diamond in diamond geometric embellishments, 8 tassels, 4 rosettes and many hitched knots. The back of this bridle is all black hitched horse hair. The four hitched rosettes on this bridle are spectacular, clear and vivid. The top two rosettes at the browband are a domed red and pink floral design with green foliage on a black background. The rosette is horse hair hitched around the outer edges. The bottom two rosettes at the noseband are also domed and depicts a sorrel pinto horse head on a gold background with the same horse hair hitching surrounding the domes. The 8 tassels are vividly colored and very soft. They are attached at the top rosettes (2), on the frontal face drops (4), and on the rein ends (2). The top tassels at the browband rosettes are red and green. There is decorative loopwork and two tassels suspended from a dark navy blue celluloid ring mounted to leather at the top of the headstall. These are connected to the browband and there are two additional tassels and two drops to the noseband. One of the drops to the noseband is damaged - broken through - and the damage appears to be from early use. The frontal tassels on the drop are red, black, and gray with orange, gray and black knots. The headstall measures 23 inches in overall doubled length. The cheeks are 8 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. The browband is 12 1/2 inches long and 1 1/4 inches wide. The noseband is 12 inches long and 1 1/8 inches wide. The reins are of graduated construction with braided leather ties at the bit and are hitched starting in black continuing with spirals of pink, orange, and natural flaxen on black and further graduating to a combination of spiral and diamond hitched pattern. The spiral and diamond hitch pattern in the reins includes green, pink, orange, sorrel/chestnut, and black on a light gray or flaxen background. The reins end in four inch tassels of green, black and pink with knots of orange, flaxen and black. The reins are slightly worn from use. The length of the reins is 80 inches overall with braided leather ends of 12 inches and the hitched portion is 64 inches with large 4 inch tassles. The chin strap is 10.5 inches buttoned in and is 7/8 of an inch wide at the widest point. It has a diamond in diamond pattern of pink, orange, and black on a flaxen background and bordered with pink and green. One knot is an adjustable slide knot. There is no bit offered with this bridle. Bridle does not have a throatlatch.
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