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Vintage German Silver Signed Kurtis Rudelbach Loose Cheek Sweet Iron Snaffle Bit
This is a vintage loose check snaffle bit made by Kurtis Rudelbach of Reno, Nevada in good pre-owned functional condition. This bit is made from sweet iron and features engraved German Silver embellishemnts. As is typical of sweet iron, there is very light rusting on the surface of this bit. The bit hobble chain has been attached with twisted wire and has some sharp edges. Kurtis Rudelbach started making bits and hackamores full time in 1976 and started numbering them in the late 1970's and this bit is marked with the number 2 so it may be a very early design. I have a few of his pieces and the KR on this bit is the exact same font and marking as those bits. He is featured in the 1998 book " The Concise Guide to Contemporary Spur Makers" volume 2.
The shanks measure 7 inches long, the mouthpiece is 5.25 inches wide, and the purchase measures 2.5 inches tall for a leverage ratio of 2.8 to 1. The bit weighs 18 ounces. The 7 inch shanks and mild snaffle mouthpiece make this an outstanding choice for a horse's transition to the shanked bit. This stunning bit will make a great addition to your show bit collection and will look great in any show ring setting.
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