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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 05/09/2003 09:39:45 EDT
Subject: RE: ala Rings, Bands & Notches?

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Walt, good info/good reasoning. I'd reckon that, in the first place, what I'm calling a "ring" would have been placed at the neck of the connector to strengthen, to protect against beating up (and splintering) against smooth brass, and to guide the sectional components. (Still on fishing rods today.) While they may be a bit more complicated, I'd have thought they would have been in from the beginning, for same reasons.
As to section lengths, as you and I have discussed, the 3' suggests later date than the 4', namely, post-war/end of the 1800s to me, and the Myer statement you quote implies no screw attachments then in use.
Our dilemma is that we have limited written info. Until we nail down originals for examination, uncertainties remain. This is the problem/challenge of "material culture" study to which weapons and clothing, among other things, have been subjected. We have to catch up.
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