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2092
$3,450.00

ATTRACTIVE LOT OF FIVE EARLY “MY FRIEND” REID KNUCKLEDUSTER PISTOLS.

1) REID MY FRIEND. SN 3914. Cal. 22 RF. 7-shot Knuckleduster pattern frame with spur trigger. Early 3-pin variation with “MY FRIEND” on bottom left side of frame. New York style engraved with grooved receiver for sight. Single action operation. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Good overall,with contemporary restoration. Cyl is of new manufacture as is cyl pin. Safety mechanism and the two retaining pins that secure it are not present. The cyl pin has been replaced. The “My Friend” marking is on the lower left strap which is typical of the early Knuckledusters. The left recoil shield has been cut out for loading. 2) REID MY FRIEND. SN 4252. Cal. 22 RF. Brass “MY FRIEND” Knuckleduster pattern frame with New York style engraving. Single action with spring trigger. Earlier 3-pin variation with safety device. Matching cyl, frame and cyl pin. “My Friend” marking on the lower left strap which is typical of the early Knuckledusters. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall, with traces of silver wash evident in protected areas. Balance of frame has mellowed with a pleasant patina. Mechanics fail to operate properly and need attention. 3) REID MY FRIEND. SN 4403. Cal. 22 RF. Knuckleduster pattern frame constructed of brass with 7-shot cyl. Broadly New York engraved and marked “MY FRIEND” below cyl. Single action with spur trigger. Early variation with 3 pins, however, is missing trigger safety device. “My Friend” marking on lower left strap which is typical of the early Knuckledusters. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Fine overall with the exception of chambers are fine, however, mechanics need attention as they fail to operate properly. Has attained an even patina with no evidence of cleaning. Manufacture 1868 through 1882. 4) REID MY FRIEND. SN 4410. Cal. 22 RF. Brass construction with a Knuckleduster pattern frame. 7-shot cyl. New York style engraved. Earlier 3-pin variation with safety device. Marked “MY FRIEND” below cyl. Cyl pin and cyl are not numbered. “My Friend” on lower left strap which is typical of the early Knuckledusters. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Good overall, with good markings and strong engraving. Frame has two period repairs that appear to be soldered. Chambers are good, however, mechanics need attention as they are out of sorts. 5) REID MY FRIEND. SN 4420. Cal. 22 RF. Knuckleduster pattern frame made of brass with bold floral New York style engraving. 7-shot cyl. Single action with spur trigger. Earlier 3-pin variation with “MY FRIEND” marked on lower strap. Safety device small piece remaining having been previously broken. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Good overall, with clear markings and bold engraving. Pleasant patina overall with minor distress on hammer and cyl from earlier corrosion. Chambers are fine, however, mechanics need attention as cyl does not lock properly. 50603-12, 50603-13, 50603-15, 50603-16, 50603-17 TDW (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2092

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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