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Bit (bridle component): M.8-1945

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Bit, bridle component, with original bridle and reins covered with yellow velvet.


History note: From the armoury of the Princes Radziwill, Castle of Niescwiez, Poland. To save the armoury from the Bolshevist uprising, the Lithuanian family of Radziwill moved it to their town-house in Warsaw. According to the London dealers Fenton and Furmage, the collection was acquired by the Austrian Dealers Pollak and Windonitz just before the First World War. Some pieces were sold in Germany, but most were offered for sale at Christie's, London, on 29 June 1926 and 14 June 1927 as the armoury of a `Russian Prince'.

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Given by F.H. Cripps-Day

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945-10-16) by Cripps-Day, Francis Henry


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1550 CE

Components of the work

Covering Material composed of velvet ( on bridle and reins)
Bit composed of steel

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1945
Primary reference Number: 18741
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 9 September 2021 Last processed: Thursday 9 September 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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