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2098
$2,300.00

VERY FINE LOT OF THREE KNUCKLEDUSTER REVOLVERS BY JAMES REID.

1) REID MY FRIEND. SN 9931. Cal. 22. Knuckleduster-Transition model. Brass frame, single action with 6-shot cyl. New York style engraved marked “MY FRIEND” above cyl. Late 2-pin design made without safety. Matching numbers found on frame, cyl and cyl pin. This frame along with a few others was made about the time when Reid made the decision to eliminate the safety as a cost cutting measure. The grooves for the safety on these frames were already cut. Rather than scrap these frames Reid plugged the cutout with a piece of brass. Quite scarce and known as the Transition model by collectors. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Good overall, with good chambers. Mechanics are somewhat sticky and need some attention. Engraving very nicely done with a small amount of distress towards butt. The most classic of all American Western gambling pocket guns. 2) REID MY FRIEND. SN 11603. Cal. 22. Knuckleduster pattern frame with 6-shot cyl. Spur trigger single action operation. New York style engraved with broad scroll engraving. Late manufacture having a 2-pin style frame made without safety feature. Manufactured 1868 through 1882. Manufactured with brass frame. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall. Has a very pleasant overall patina finish. Mechanics need attention as it does not like to function properly with hammer pulled to rear. 3) REID KNUCKLE DUSTER. SN 10248. Cal. 22. Brass Knuckleduster pattern frame with 7-shot cyl. New York style engraved. Nicely marked “MY FRIEND” above cyl on frame. Numbers matching on frame, cyl and cyl pin. Later transitional model being a 2-pin variation made without safety mechanism. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall having mellowed to a somewhat chocolate patina. Chambers and mechanics are excellent. Some very light spotting on exterior of cyl is present but in no way detracts from the firearm. A slight amount of wear is evident on frame giving it a pleasant carried appearance. 50603-32, 50603-34, 50603-37 TDW (1,800-2,700) – Lot 2098

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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