These reins are straight on the top and dog toothed below. They have been much mended and might well have been handed down through many generations. A fine silver thread has been woven into a thin leather in geometric designs in which the centers have two different repeated patterns. They would have been used for special occasions such as weddings.
The leather is in a very poor and delicate condition, which suggests that these are probably over 150 years old. They would have been attached to the curb ring on a bit. 66” (168 cm) long and 5 1/4” (13.5 cm) deep to the point of the triangle.
Provenance: purchased from John Gillow £40. 1990’s for private collector. Approx value £250.