1902 Universal Pattern bridle

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL30045.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Leather; Brass; Steel
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Sinai Palestine 1917: The Light Horse Men
Maker Various
Place made Australia, United Kingdom
Date made 1914-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Brown leather standard issue 1902 Universal Pattern bridle with brass buckles, studs and fittings. The bridlehead only, stamped 'D. MASON & SONS BIRMINGHAM 1918', has steel buckles. Standard issue steel reversible bit stamped 'JOB CRADDOCK & SON 1914', has a smooth mouth piece with low port, and a single link curb chain. The bit is also stamped 'M' for medium size, and has two pairs of reins attached to it.

History / Summary

This is an example of the standard issue bridle that was used by all Australian mounted troops, and drivers of artillery limbers and other horsedrawn transport during the First World War and later.

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