Jigged Bone and Elk Grips

Posted by Jim on 8/29/2022 to History

Brief History of Jigged Grips

Jigged GripsMost of the early 1870/80 jigged bone gun grips and other bone items were made by individuals or small shops. In 1891 the Rogers Manufacturing Company of Rockfall, Connecticut started making manufactured bone products, and bone fertilizer. They began to make jigged bone handles for knives and guns around the turn of the century. They made other bone products including combs, toothbrush handles, baby pacifiers, and one of their biggest sellers, corn-cob pipe bits. By the time of the first World War Rogers Mfg. Co. was the nation's largest maker of manufactured bone products. 

At first, all of the bone used by Rogers Mfg. Co. came from domestic cattle. By the 1920s, or perhaps even earlier, all of the raw bone was coming from overseas, mainly from Argentina and Australia. 

This unique style of jigging gun grips was called "Indian Trail", a long, random "worm" style of jigging. The Australian bone came mainly from old tough range cattle, and was very thick, dense and strong. Though these distinctive grips are no longer made commercially, hand made "Indian Trail" jigged bone stocks are still available from River Junction Trade Company. 

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