So this is the bridle and bit. Pictures don't really do it justice. The leather is really good quality with the only signs of cracking being slight and only on the noseband. I just love the look of the old style hunter bridles. You can't really tell from the pics but the rings on the bit are flat which is pretty neat.
I tried the baking soda paste on the bit this morning and although it did clean it up some it still needs something else. I think I'm going to go to walmart this afternoon and get some metal cleaner and see what happens.
I'll try to post some pics of it on my boy when I'm done :)