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post #11 of 37 Old 12-03-2011, 04:22 PM
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Metalab Antique Transition Show Bit - Antique - 5 1/8" Specialty and Other Bits Western HorseLoverZ.com

I've always loved the shank on this one. If it came in the mouthpiece I use, I'd have one, but it doesn't unfortunatly. I keep looking to see if there's anything similar, but haven't found it yet.

Check out Horseloverz. They have tons of nice show bits for a good price, as well as several mouthpiece options. I personally go to a dogbone as first choice. If the horse doesn't like that, then I'll try some different ones.

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The one with the hearts is a Tiejen, not sure if it's an original or from the moulds bought later from Carl Tiejen. One way to tell it is to look on the inside of the shanks, upper & it's stamped. These bits sell upwards of $200, more of a collector's bit than a working item.
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The one with the hearts is a Tiejen, not sure if it's an original or from the moulds bought later from Carl Tiejen. One way to tell it is to look on the inside of the shanks, upper & it's stamped. These bits sell upwards of $200, more of a collector's bit than a working item.
I think your thinking of Al Tietjen. That bit pictured is a knock-off, you can tell where the mouthpiece connects to the cheek. And I am pretty sure his bits didn't come with that mouthpiece. Ernie Marsh is the one who has his molds and you can not buy one of Ernie's bits for under $2000.And since Al died the price has gone up...especially on the silver inlaid since he didn't make a whole lot of them. His were mostly the stainless.

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Thanks Bubba!!! I think I'll be adding a new bit to the collection.

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I think your thinking of Al Tietjen. That bit pictured is a knock-off, you can tell where the mouthpiece connects to the cheek. And I am pretty sure his bits didn't come with that mouthpiece. Ernie Marsh is the one who has his molds and you can not buy one of Ernie's bits for under $2000.And since Al died the price has gone up...especially on the silver inlaid since he didn't make a whole lot of them. His were mostly the stainless.
Yep, just noticed it's a jointed mouthpiece. I have an original, Tietjen, yes, duh. I have the original, is a spade bit. It's a silver one as well, I acquired it years ago quite cleverly. Been tucked away ever since.
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$2000, you sure??? I sure hope so, last time I enquired, it was the people who bought his moulds, & they said it was worth $200.
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Yep, just noticed it's a jointed mouthpiece. I have an original, Tietjen, yes, duh. I have the original, is a spade bit. It's a silver one as well, I acquired it years ago quite cleverly. Been tucked away ever since.

Lucky Girl!!! Hold on to it....oh wait how much will you take for it? LOL

In your spare time some day, I would love to a picture of it....

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Make me an offer. I knew it was going to be worth some bucks when the original bitmaker passed...
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$2000, you sure??? I sure hope so, last time I enquired, it was the people who bought his moulds, & they said it was worth $200.
I mean a Tietjen, yes, is around $200. But Ernie Marsh bought his molds and Ernie's bits go for that much. But his are silver not the stainless. Hold on I will find a link and post it...

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