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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 06/17/2002 08:52:52 CDT
Subject: RE: Loose or Sloppy Joint Ferules

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Some relevant(?) thoughts: After the war (1870s?) the Sig Corps was tasked to supply ea company or equivalent with a kit for practice or emergency use. Kit contained (at least) two 2' flags and pole sections (two? three?). These were being produced at least up to WW II and have been showing up on eBay (along with suspect Boy Scout wig-wag kits of perhaps 1930s/40s/50s). I've invested in several just to be able to examine in detail.
There's no way of telling what has been removed or added to these kits--that will have to be proved by documentation. (Later--post 1914?--kits contain semaphore flags with short hand-poles.)

What I've discovered is that what I think of as first generation uses brass friction-fit ferrules ("just like fishing poles") on wood.
"Second generation" substitutes screw-fitting.
"Third generation" (in my notations--I think these date from about 1916-18) substitutes blackened, rolled brass pole sections for the wood, and retains the screw fitting.

Problem of splitting brass still around at the time of my set, which I judge to be 1880s-90s, 'cause the last time I handled them, I got a nasty little cut on my finger from place the screw-ferrule "ring" had separated and split!

I'm a bit skeptical as to screw fittings during the war, but remain to be convinced otherwise.

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