Antique Hanoverian Horse Bit by Worsley c.1840

This is an old steel Hanoverian horse bit.
I wrote a short blog about Hanoverian bits here.
It has a medium height hinged port with three rollers on each side of the port.
It has curved cheeks or shanks which turn.
One of the original curb hooks survives.
It is stamped on both cheeks "Worsley" .
I had never heard of this maker or retailer but some more research found a P.Worsley, Saddler & Harness Maker at 57, South Audley Street, London in the 1814 Post Office Directory. His will, dated 1838 is in the National Archives. His son Peter Owen Worsley took over the business, the last reference I can find to him is the Post Office Directory of 1843. So no exact date but probably first half of the 19th century

Measurements :
Cheek Length : 6 inches (15cm) not including lower rein loops
Mouthpiece : 4" (11.5cm )

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