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2094
$8,050.00

SUPERB LOT OF TWO “MY FRIEND” KNUCKLEDUSTERS BY JAMES REID INCLUDING THE EARLIEST KNOWN REID KNUCKLEDUSTER TO EXIST.

1) REID MY FRIEND. SN 3454. Cal. 22 RF. Knuckleduster – Nickel plated brass frame. “My Friend” marking on the bottom strap. This is typical of the early Knuckledusters. This is believed to be one of several prototypes made in the New York factory in late 1861 or early 1862. This is the earliest known Reid Knuckleduster to exist. It was made at least three years before Reid started the regular production of the 22’s which began in 1865. Believed to be one of a few prototypes that were numbered. The number “7” is stamped on the cylinder pin. One of the most important Reid Knuckledusters known to exist. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall, with most all silver wash remaining. Safety device is present as is so frequently lost or broken. Cyl is excellent with much finish remaining, however, mechanics need some attention as the cyl does not rotate properly. A very fine specimen and example of an early Reid “MY FRIEND” revolver. 2) REID MY FRIEND. SN 6079. Cal. 22 RF. “MY FRIEND” Knuckleduster pattern frame constructed of brass and engraved in a New York style. 7-shot cyl with single action operation and spur trigger. Mid-production gun with 3-pin pattern frame and cyl trigger safety device. Frame marked “MY FRIEND” above cyl followed by patent dates. Early example with right handed cyl pin threads. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall as restored. Nickel finish on frame appears to have been a period addition. Much blue remains on cyl with slight loss from period use. Chambers are excellent, however, mechanics need some attention. 50603-11, 50603-23 TDW (2,500-3,500) – Lot 2094

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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