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post #1 of 11 Old 12-17-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Can anybody tell me what this mouthpeice is made of

Can anybody tell me what this mouthpeice is made of?







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post #2 of 11 Old 12-17-2012, 06:04 PM
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Looks to me like it might be some kind of copper alloy. It's not really bright enough to be pure copper.
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Brass maybe?
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-17-2012, 06:31 PM
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I'm guessing brass as well. It's the right colour.
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post #5 of 11 Old 12-17-2012, 07:06 PM
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Yep, definitely looks like a copper alloy (brass or some other one). Any manufacturer stamps on it?
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I just bought a huge lot of like 20 bits and this is the only one I can't seem to figure out. I should have it tomorrow or the day after and I will see if there are any makers marks
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German silver (like Aurigan)?

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that's what I originally thought was aurigan but who uses that other than herm sprenger
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Looks similar to the old Never Rust, which was a nickel alloy which is similar to what "German Silver" is, or perhaps the same thing. I've never seen a bit that is partially Never Rust. But with that port shape, it looks like a bit that was made in England in the '60s or '70s before the Korean stainless steel imports flooded the market.
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that's what I originally thought was aurigan but who uses that other than herm sprenger
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Aurigan is a Sprenger tradename. There are other makers using a similar alloy but they can't use the name (eg. Argentan is another one).

Tackcollector, I think you'll find 'Never Rust' is solid nickel. We used to find it stamped particularly on stirrup irons or flat bit rings.

And I wouldn't have thought you'd find a nickel mouthpiece with stainless steel rings - one selling point when SS began to take over from nickel was the latter could cause irritation to a horse's mouth (to be fair it seems some horses are 'allergic'). And nickel only took over from mild steel (much more horse friendly) because it was far easier to polish.

Oops, sorry...kind-of ended up a history lesson

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