Brain-tanned leather; glass seed beads, parfleche, dyed porcupine quills, tin cones, dyed horse hair. The lightning motifs have been shattered and are beaded across the width of the cheek straps, tether than along the length.The cheek strap, tin cones and horse hair tassles were functional as well as decorative, keeping the flies away as they bounced.
Blackfoot Bridle #SF2713
Beaded bridle with snaffle bit and beaded reins. Cotton cloth, glass seed beads, silk ribbons, steel bit. The foundation of this spectacular example is simply twisted strips of cotton cloth wrapped with seed beads strung on animal sinew. Entirely decorative reeins, at this early date, are a very unusual feature. The rainbow palette seen in the coiled reins is characteristic of Northern Lakota artistry, of the Hunkpapa and Blackfeet Sioux.
Lakota Bridle #SF2712
Over-Bridle beaded on reused parfleche straps showing colors of red and blue pigment. Sinew sewn seed beads in green white, medium blue navy and red along with brass beads. Also with beaded throat-latch. There is some bead loss along the browband and side drops.
Plains Cree Bridle #SF2715
Fully beaded parade bridle and reins. Brain-tanned leather, Italian and Czech glass beads. Browband and side drops wrapped with red cotton cloth over old bridle leather. Curb bit with original cotton reins with leather wrapped ends.
Stoney Bridle #SF2714
Beaded bridle, Stoney, CA. Canvas; glass seed beads; red wool colth; curcular glass mirrors; iron snaffle bit with unusually large side rings; commercial leather reins. The back and cut edges of the canvas foundation are covered with wool cloth to prevent fraying; but the red color also provides a striking frame for the designs, as well as for the face of the horse.
Plains Ojibwa Bridle #SF2716
4th of July parade bridle. Leather straps; mid 19th century Mexican iron curb bit inlaid with silver; glass seed beads; canvas; printed calixo; twisted ties and cotton cloth. Ten paired figures of the Stars & Stripes are the major design motif in the loom beaded strips. Facing deer heads and rose buds enliven the brow band.
Lakota Bridle #SF2718
Lakota Beaded Over Bridle. Brain-tanned leather and tie thongs, glass cut brass seed beads. This is a classic example of an early reservation period, Lakota parade bridle. Often, these were made a s special decorations for a horse that was intended to be given away.
Sioux Bridle #SF2718
Czech glass seed beads, German silver conchas, over-sized brass buckle, military low port curb bit. This type of bridle was used by many participants in Indian parade competitions in the period following the Second World War.
Navajo Silver Bridle #SF2710
c. Early to Mid 20th Century
A classic Navajo Bridle of heavy sterling silver with intricate stamping on the spacers and cheek plates. The conchas and brow piece show hammered repouse. A Naja suspends from the browpiece with an elaboate terminus. The bit is made of iron with copper barrels..
Photo in "Bridles of the Americas" page 134, fig. 5.86