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rare bridle

An extraordinarily rare and marked headstall and bit sold for $14,000 in 2008. It was made by Alfred J. Schell and is marked “A J Schell” on both the inside of the bridle silver hanger clasps as well as the inside cheek of the spade bit. This is one of only a handful of Schell silver mounted bridles and the only known “signed” example. The headstall is adorned with small silver spots across the headbands attached to the cheeks via a round, intricately engraved 2-inch open scalloped buckle with an exceptional coin-silver engraved tip. The cheeks are mounted with silver acorns separated by alternating crescent moons. The swivel clasp has matching detailed engraving with both clasps stamped “A.J. Schell.” The silver inlaid loose-jaw spade is intricately and artistically engraved with copper wrapped braces and slobber chains; 95 percent of all Schell bits are overlaid and this is a rather splendid anomaly. The bridle is complete with braided rawhide reins adorned with horsehair tassels, circa 1920s-30s.

An extraordinarily rare and marked headstall and bit sold for $14,000 in 2008. It was made by Alfred J. Schell and is marked “A J Schell” on both the inside of the bridle silver hanger clasps as well as the inside cheek of the spade bit. This is one of only a handful of Schell silver mounted bridles and the only known “signed” example. The headstall is adorned with small silver spots across the headbands attached to the cheeks via a round, intricately engraved 2-inch open scalloped buckle with an exceptional coin-silver engraved tip. The cheeks are mounted with silver acorns separated by alternating crescent moons. The swivel clasp has matching detailed engraving with both clasps stamped “A.J. Schell.” The silver inlaid loose-jaw spade is intricately and artistically engraved with copper wrapped braces and slobber chains; 95 percent of all Schell bits are overlaid and this is a rather splendid anomaly. The bridle is complete with braided rawhide reins adorned with horsehair tassels, circa 1920s-30s.

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