The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.
Homemade brass knuckles
These hand-fashioned brass knuckles were used in a lumber camp near the settlement that in 1893 became incorporated as Rutledge in Pine County, Minnesota. The knuckles have four copper studs set in the front of the oblong band through which the hand fits. There is also a curved piece of metal in the back to secure the wearer's thumb. Brass knuckles can serve as a deadly weapon when used in hand-to-hand combat.