Horse's bit (copas del freno)
Abelar (Uruguayan, active 1890–1910)
Object Place: Uruguay
Overall: 5.2 x 20.7 cm, 0.7 kg (2 1/16 x 8 1/8 in., 1.5 lb.) Other (Overall): 18cm (7 1/16in.)
Medium or Technique
William J. Fitzgerald Gallery (Gallery 135)
An iron bit for a horse, with silver decoration. The decorative silver that flanks the curved iron curb is of a broken scrolled form that has been cold-chased with the design of a cornucopia and foliage.
The touchmark “Abelar” that appears prominently on the side of this horse’s bit is that of a Uruguayan silversmith who also made a silver bombilla with a gold mouthpiece.
This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.
Stamped "ABELAR" in raised, Roman letters, all within a shaped reserve, four times on the silver portions. The marks appear twice on each external side of the bit.
Collected in Buenos Aires, Argentina, by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Graves between 1898 and 1913.
Gift of Miss Ellen Graves, Mrs. Samuel Cabot and Mrs. Roger Ernst in memory of their father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Graves