Patent: Daniel Wesson

US 10422
Specification forming part of Design No. 10,422, dated January 29, 1878; application filed January 11, 1878.
[Term of patent 14 years.]

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, DANIEL B. WESSON, of Springfield, in the county of Hampden and State of Massachusetts, have originated and designed a Pistol-Handle, of which the following, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, is a full, clear, and accurate description.

The novel features of my design are confined chiefly to the cheek-piece.

Figure 1 represents, in side elevation, a handle and attached cheek-piece; Fig. 2, a rear-end view of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 represents the cheek-piece removed, and Fig. 4 a cross-section thereof.

The cheek-piece A, preferably composed of a moldable compound, is curved or concaved at its inner edge, as shown at b, is concaved at the upper portion c of its outer edge, and then convexed, as at d, down to the extreme lower edge e of the cheek-piece, which, next the metal of the frame, is and will preferably be made substantially straight. This outline b e d c of the cheek-piece corresponds and is fitted flush with the metallic portion f of the frame, between the cheek-pieces of the opposite sides of the handle. The cheek-piece commencing substantially at the corner 2 has a small bead, h, which extends along the edge b, and merges into the wider smooth butt portion 3, curved as at 4; and from the opposite end of the butt portion the bead h’ extends substantially to the corner 5.

The cheek-piece is thickest near the diamond-shaped escutcheon 7, which is formed in the diced or checked field or ground k, and from such thickest portion the cheek-piece is rounded or curved to meet the beads h h’, as shown in cross-section, Fig. 4.

The butt portion 3 of the handle is rounded from the line 4, substantially to the metal f. (See Fig. 2.) At the upper portion of the cheek I have placed a substantially circular name-plate, l, surrounded by a border, m, within which is placed the monogram “S. & W.” The groundwork n of the name-plate will preferably be different from the ground k, so as to afford a groundwork to contrast with groundwork k. The face of the name-plate is concaved, as shown in Fig. 2.

The name-plate, if made as an oval, would be included within my design.

I claim—
1. In combination, the groundwork k, the diamond-shaped escutcheon having a contrasting finish or face, and the beads h h’.

2. Thegroundwork, and the diamond-shaped escutcheon placed therein, in combination with the edge-beads h h’ and the smooth butt portion 3 e 4, as shown and described.

3. The groundwork of the cheek-piece, and the bordered name-plate l arranged at its upper end, as shown and described.

4. The groundwork k for the main portion of the cheek-piece, and the name-plate at the upper portion of the cheek-piece, such name-plate having a different ground, n, to contrast with the ground k.

5. The name-plate l, placed at the upper end of the cheek-piece, and concaved, as shown at Fig. 2.

6. As a design for a check-piece, a ground, k, a diamond-shaped escutcheon, i, located therein, beads h h’, and butt portion 3, and a name-plate, l, at top inclosed within a border, as shown and described.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.