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Bridle of commercial leather form covered with silver plaques, including two large conchas with classic stamped decoration, a cloud-shaped brow piece with stamped decoration and rocker-engraved detail on the plaques.


Mr. Pierce Butler, Hingham, Massachusetts; purchased by the donors on October 27, 1973, at the estate auction of Mr. Butler, held at the Auction Barn Galleries of W. Torrey Little, Inc., in Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts; 2008, gift of Ruth S. and Bertram J. Malenka and their sons David J. and Robert C. Malenka. (Accession Date: January 21, 2009)

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Gift of Ruth S. and Bertram J. Malenka and their sons, David J. and Robert C. Malenka

Native American (Dine [Navajo]), about 1875–1900

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Overall: 64.8 x 44.5 x 5.1 cm (25 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 2 in.)

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Silver, leather