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    12-28-2011, 01:40 PM
REAL SILVER BIT??? help :]

Hi. I have acquired a curb in some stuff I got from some old show people. I have no use for this bit because it is to much of a curb for my horses and I really need some extra money so I need to sell it. I know bits that are silver can get up to $400 but I don't know what this one is. The only thing I found written on the bit is MEXICO.???! Please tell me what you think this bit is worth.
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    12-28-2011, 02:18 PM
Since it doesn't have a makers mark and has unpopular mouthpiece I don't see it being worth a whole lot.. between $125-$175 depending on where you sell it
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    12-28-2011, 02:23 PM
Green Broke
I am interested also. I have the exact bit with a much lower port.
    12-28-2011, 02:26 PM
Get several opinions before you price it.
If it is made of sterling silver, the weight of the silver alone, like if one melted it down, would make it worth more than 200$
    12-28-2011, 02:39 PM
It is not sterling, it is nickel, otherwise it would be stamped so.
    12-28-2011, 03:25 PM
Green Broke
I always thought mine said sterling, it just says VOGT. I will have to clean it to see if I can find another mark.
    12-28-2011, 03:27 PM
A Vogt bit would be worth considerably more. Les Vogt
    12-28-2011, 03:39 PM
Green Broke
Thanks Kimmy, I had no idea.
    12-28-2011, 05:16 PM
Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton    
I always thought mine said sterling, it just says VOGT. I will have to clean it to see if I can find another mark.
The Les Vogt bits do have sterling inlay usually. The bit pictured above is nickel silver. Most of those Mexican repro. Bits are. If it was marked Franco on it then it would be almost a $300 bit. But still the Francos out of Mexico have sterling inlay
    12-28-2011, 06:33 PM
The amount of what a bit is worth more often gauged by the maker. For example, a Tietjen even though is a stainless steel bit is worth more than the bit pictured above just because who it was made by and the maker is dead. Mouthpieces come into play as well the bit above has what is called a frog, not very popular, if it had a half breed it would sell easier and for possibly more money.

The Les Vogt performax bits aren't worth anymore than what you pay for them because they are a mass produced bit. But if you had the same cheek design and mouthpeice and it was made by Grijalva, it would be an $800 bit.

Same with Garcias, a Paul Garcia isn't worth a whole lot, but you have the same style bit that is marked E. Garcia is worth more or if it is marked Garcia Elko Nevada.

Just because it is silver doesn't mean it is worth money. Also these style bits come in either Sterling silver, nickel silver,engraved monel, or engraved stainless. Knowing the difference between the materials helps but knowing makers and mouthpeices and cheeks are more important

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