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Joefo
December 30, 1999, 04:43 PM
Harley, I just got this message from a friend of mine. Do you have any knowledge about this?
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I purchased a short barrelled mule eared percussion rifle estimated date
1850's. It was marked J. D. Griswold Avoca NY, on the barrel and the
lock. I am looking for any information about this historic gunmaker. I
have no contacts in New York, and I am looking for anyone that may help me
on this.

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Harley Nolden
December 30, 1999, 05:05 PM
Joefo:
I have heard of a Griswold & Gunnison, of Griswoldville, GA, who made firearms in and aroung that era. Don't know this particular piece and cannot locate it in my records.

HJN

James K
December 31, 1999, 04:21 PM
Hi guys,

I found a J.D. Griswold, but not much info, only "gunmaker, Avoca, N.Y. 1872-1882."

One possible avenue of research is to use "the net" to find out the county Avoca is in and write their historical society, enclosing a nominal donation ($20?) and asking for any info they may have. I think the larger the donation the more info you may get, but most people in historical societies love to talk about the past, so you might be surprised.

Jim