This Ruckstell /Perfecto shifter body is bronze, not steel like I've always seen. The lever itself appears to be original. Wondered if it is a reproduction. I know the later style Ruckstell shifter has been reproduced for years but I've never seen this style reproduced. Any thoughts?
All the originals that I have seen are cast iron. If you painted that bronze black no one will know.
Yes, I agree, paint it black and use it. It just keeps nagging me though. The lever or handle is original, so is the straight pin. Even the flat head pin is original, or at least is the same shape as appears in the blueprints. I just wonder if Ruckstell experimented with a bronze frame at some point. Perhaps one of those minor facts lost to history.
BTW, did anyone see the new photo of Billy the Kid in the news? I saw that same photo about 15 years or so ago in a antique shop in Fresno. ;^)
Richard- see my posting over in the classifieds .