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A fine relic recovered from the field only days after the epic battle of Gettysburg, an original U.S. cavalry iron curb bit of the 1863 pattern in very strong condition, with an only slightly pockmarked surface with slight rust pitting and bearing a reddish/brown patina overall. Bit is tight and strong with a large # 4 size port in the mouth-piece bar. Curb bit also retains its two lower rein rings plus its slobber or support bar. Both cheek pieces have lost their original US brass rosettes or "bosses". This unmarked specimen has no curb chain or chinstrap. This fine relic is from the famous collection of J. Howard Wert, one of the "Big Six" collections of Gettysburg relics. Wert had experienced the battle as an army scout and had moved around the field with the troops during the fight and its immediate aftermath. Wert was encouraged by his father to preserve mementos given to him or found on the battlefield - a practice which dovetailed with the family habit of preserving relics connected with the anti-slavery "Underground Railroad". He continued these Gettysburg battle relic explorations well into 1864, the year in which he became a soldier himself. With a fuller description of Wert and his collection.
Estimate $ 400-500

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