What kind of bit is this?

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        02-23-2012, 10:32 PM
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    What kind of bit is this?

    I just saw this on ebay and I have no idea what's going on here! Haha

    I'm almost considering buying it because the mouthpiece looks like something Lacey would like and it's a cool looking bit, but does anyone have any idea what's going on with those cheekpieces?

    It almost looks like they close in on the chin when rein pressure is applied?

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        02-23-2012, 11:17 PM
    Actually when I look at it, I feel like the roller piece would be for something like a leather chin strap and the other bar piece would be for a nose piece and the two little loops at the top and bottom would be for the cheek pieces and the reins so it would function somewhat like an elevator with a combination adding nose and chin pressure. And I think without the extra straps it would close in on your horses mouth incorrectly and make it uncomfortable, possibly. But it's definitely neat looking!
        02-23-2012, 11:25 PM
    Could it be some kind of driving bit?

    Don't have a clue otherwise.
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        02-23-2012, 11:37 PM
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    I could definitely see that, YCA! So you think pressure should be distributed over the nose as well at the mouth when rein is applied? I can see that. Interesting! I wonder where/how one would find those straps, if that's the intended usage...
    Man, I'm even more tempted to bid on it now, just to see! Haha And since Lacey really likes face pressure...

    Interesting OkieGal, I can kinda see that too!
        02-24-2012, 12:04 AM
    I think it's a driving bit! Just found another one like it on Ebay too.

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    Some more information? Maybe, it's late. Doing my best to help, lol. I think it is just a driving, the sides are for decoration and the extra straps, maybe a curb and reins?

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        02-24-2012, 12:17 AM
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    Cool! Thanks Annanoel!
    I decided to go ahead and put a bid on it because I figure if it works for Lacey, that's fantastic and if it doesn't, well, "Hello cool bit to have around!".
        02-24-2012, 02:23 AM
    Originally Posted by Wallaby    
    Cool! Thanks Annanoel!
    I decided to go ahead and put a bid on it because I figure if it works for Lacey, that's fantastic and if it doesn't, well, "Hello cool bit to have around!".
    You're welcome! (: I think it would look great on Lacey. Good luck with it. Post pictures if you end up getting it, I'd love to see it.
        02-24-2012, 08:56 AM
    I think it's actually an interesting bit to have! The facial pressure would cause both a "stopping" action and a "mouth closing" action with the bit more of a pivot point than actual pressure point. I think it's kind of nifty, let me know if you find straps that work. You might have to play around with some spare leather though.
        03-09-2012, 08:24 AM
    Hi...Sorry to come late to the party :^ )

    This is commonly called a "Success" driving bit. Patented 1890 (apparently as the "Acme Driving Bit", but I've never seen/heard it called that beyond one reference book).

    It came in 3 cheek variations. The one with the rollers (yours) is the most interesting to me. The other variations were a) one very similar to yours but without rollers and b) cheekpieces with slightly less detail, more "open".
    Yours looks in very good shape. Congrats!
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        03-09-2012, 09:30 AM
    Did you get the bit Wallaby? It's for sure a unique bit and while I wouldn't have any use for it I'd have sure bid on it if I'd seen it. I like to look at cool old bits like that.

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