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19TH CENTURY MEXICAN VAQUERO BRIDLE HARDWARE SET – SILVER INLAYED –VERY NICE SCARCE SET:  This is a very nice example of the type of hardware featured on the bridles used by the 19TH Century Mexican Vaqueros or cowboys, and popular by cowboys in the United States, particularly along the border.  The set is complete – consisting of the buckle, billet tip, standing loop, and two stud rosettes – and the set features genuine silver inlays, not German or nickel silver, but coin quality silver.  Relatively scarce, especially as a complete set, this bridle set is the sort of horse tack that did not survive in large numbers as it was easily lost once the heavily used bridles deteriorated. 

This set is sized to accept a 7/8” to 1” wide strap.  The pieces are well made, all still retain their original form and shape with no bending or misshaping, and the iron base metal has naturally aged to an even plum brown patina. There is no significant pitting and overall the iron retains smooth, even surfaces.  The silver inlays are all intact with no loss, and the silver pieces are chased with fine line engraving.   

Mounted on a leather, braided rawhide or horsehair bridle, this set would be a nice addition to any western bit collection, particularly one acknowledging the significant contributions of the Mexican Vaqueros.  (0115)  $250 



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