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ORIGINAL 1848 ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT RECEIPT FOR THE PURCHASE OF 40 DRAGOON BRIDOON BITS:  An original handwritten receipt dated January 8, 1848 from the United States to Joseph Baker, a known supplier of horse equipment, acknowledging the receipt of the bits and the payment to Baker for supplying 40 Curb Bridoon Bits, which would have been the bits issued to the U.S. Dragoons at that time.  This is the exact same receipt quoted on page 30 in Bridle Bits of the American Military 1776-1945 by McPheeters and Dorsey, and cited in The American Military Saddle, 1776-1945  by the same authors, on page 370, Figures 5 and 6, and on page 376, and is direct from the authors research collection.  The receipt further acknowledges receipt of the bits at the US Arsenal Store and payment being received in the Philadelphia, indicating that the transfer took place at the US Quartermaster Clothing Depot, the USQM having the responsibility for procuring horse equipment for the army at that time.  A scarce period document which reflects the contract and supply system for the early Dragoon Horse Equipment.  The document measures 6 high and 7 wide and is in very good condition, with a very slight separation at the fold on the left side, and all of the handwriting bright and fully legible.  This is a prime document with rare content to display with your early horse equipment.  $150

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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