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Rare Handmade Maker Marked STILES and WELCH Cutting Horse Bit

Estimated price for orientation: 750 $

Category: Bits and Bridles

Country/Region of Manufacture: United States Type: Handmade Cutting Horse Bit
Original or Reproduction: Original Maker: Stiles and Welch
Culture: Western Americana Maker Marked: Yes

This is a Stiles and Welch Cutting Horse bit. It is marked with S/W inside each cheek piece. These bits were developed by Buster Welch and Joe Stiles of the King Ranch and became one of the most widely copied patterns of all time. This is an original King Ranch era bit. They are fairly rare and hard to find. It has polished aluminum cheeks and copper mullen mouth. There are a few marks on the mouth and scratches on the cheek pieces from use. When laid on flat table one ring sits about a 1/16” off the table. This would be a nice bit to use or to add to a collection.Measurements: Cheek Pieces 8 ¾”, Mouth 5 ⅛”, Mouth Diameter ½”, Weight 9.7 ounces