WW1 Era German Army Bit & Bridle

Bit & Bridle

Above & Below is a German WW1 Era Bridle (bit-and-bridoon style) with both a nickel steel curb bit "NCO Bit" and a snaffle bit.  The bridle is marked to a German Army Corp and has a 1917 date. The I am unsure what type bridle this is. It is not the standard M 1888 or Halter 1893 commonly seen in the manuals. It may be a variation of the Zaumzeug 16 (Bridle 1916).

Bit & Bridle

In the two bottom photographs you see the “NCO Bit” which in this example is made of a brighter nickel steel and the “S-Kandare” or S-Bit.  The S-Bit was more commonly seen in service but many photographs of the WW1 Period show the older “NCO Bit” still in use.  I refer to this bit as the “NCO Bit” only because it seems that the older Sergeants preferred this style and is not a true designation of the piece

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