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2093
$3,162.50

SUPERB LOT OF THREE “MY FRIEND” KNUCKLEDUSTER REVOLVERS BY JAMES REID.

1) REID MY FRIEND. SN 4295. Cal. 22. Brass Knuckleduster pattern frame with spur trigger and 7-shot cyl. New York style engraved with scroll and vine and a dot punch background. Nicely marked “MY FRIEND” on lower strap. This is one of the most distinctive and well known Western/gambling weapons of the era. Manufacture 1868 through 1882 with approximately 11,000 produced. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Exceptional overall condition having attained a very pleasant and mellow patina overall. Mechanics and chambers are excellent. A far better than average knuckle duster revolver. 2) REID MY FRIEND. SN 4454. Cal. 22. Brass Knuckleduster pattern frame. 7-shot cyl. Single action operation. Marked “MY FRIEND” on lower strap and is nicely embellished with scroll and vine engraving with a chase line surrounding. Manufactured 1868 through 1882 with a production of approximately 11,000. Early example with right handed cyl pin threads and safety. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Excellent condition overall with exterior having turned a nice, pleasant dark patina. Mechanics and chambers are very fine. One of the most distinctive weapons of the 1880s Western gambling era. 3) REID MY FRIEND. SN 6728. Cal. 22. Exceptional with brass Knuckleduster pattern frame with 7-shot cyl. Spur trigger with single action operation marked “MY FRIEND” on top of frame. New York style engraved with scroll and vine dot punch background. Manufactured 1868 through 1882. A piece of classic Americana. Fine early example. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, with excellent chambers and mechanics. A light chocolate patina overall with excellent markings. A far better Knuckleduster showing no distress and having great eye appeal. 50603-14, 50603-18, 50603-28 TDW (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2093

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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