Hello friends, was doing a bit of "goldmining" on the Internet. And I struck gold ! Found a very rare photo of Dr.Henry.P.Clarke's (from Indianapolis) "Trans Atlantics" a cross of Asils given to him by Herbert Atkinson and American Game. These birds wiped out Belgian and French opponents around the end/beginning of the 19th / 20th century in French and Belgian pits (source Finsterbusch / Atkinson). These birds were fought in steel gaffs.
Clarke's Asil send to him by Herbert Atkinson were one of the very first Asil imported into the United States. I know only of one earlier Asil importation into the United States. An American author John.c.Bennet mentions in his "Poultry Book" from 1850 the following...."Mr.Robert Estes from East Abington imported a pair of gamefowl from Calcutta (India)”…..(end of quote).
A cherry on the cake, read Clarke's very interesting book
Rules of the Cockpit (Rules of the cock pit (1900) by Henry.P.Clarke (USA)
Happy reading folks, regards Willem