A Household Cavalry State Bit, Headpiece & Bright Chain

This is a stainless steel pad cheek bit
There is a brass badge or boss on each of the curved cheeks. The bosses are cast with a central lion on top of a crown, around the edge there are the words "Peninsula" and "Waterloo".
The cheeks and mouthpiece can rotate. The mouthpiece is stamped "Eldonian, England" and "Stainless Steel".
There is a stainless steel chain attached to the bit - this is a "bright chain" which is used instead of a neck rope.
The decorative headpiece originated a functional item which prevented the top of the bridle from being sliced in battle.
It is made of linked brass plates, each decorated with a silver coloured star.
The clip on the back of the piece is stamped "Firmin & Sons, London"

Dimensions : Bit Mouthpiece 5½" (14cm), Cheeks (not including rein loops) 7½" (19cm)
Bit weight :848g (1lb 14oz)
Headpiece length : 18¾ (47.5cm)

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