Beautifully handcrafted horse bridle made in the early 1900’s. This bridle has been evaluated and appraised by a leading expert in Western Americana collectables. Copy of appraisal available to seriously interested parties.
From the appraisal:
“The bridle shown in the photographs received is a braided bridle most likely crafted in the Yuma, Arizona Territorial Prison circa early 1900. The Yuma prisoners would make these and most were sold through the Fred Harvey Curio stores or sold at the prison during what was known as the “Bizarre Bazaar” on one Saturday a month. Horsehair bridles were made in many prisons in the U.S. and were made in mostly two styles, braided or hitched.” .... “This bridle shows many characteristics of Yuma prison work, the simple styling, the flat thin braid construction and the lack of a nose band. The 3 color braiding is also a pretty standard Yuma motif. The commercial glass dome rosettes show it to be a later example as most Yuma pieces use simple German Silver. The condition is fair with some hair splay. This bridle lacks any tassels. The bit is likely a later addition as most bits used in the bridles were simple iron curb bits bought through catalogs. This is a copper and monel overlaid gal-leg bit in the Texas style with large engraved domes. Since Yuma is one of the only prisons that allowed metal work there is always the possibility that this bit came with the bridle but the chances are slim.”