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1) REID MDL 1. SN 27. Cal. 22 RF. Iron and brass combination high hump SN 27 7-shot Reid revolver. 3-1/2″ oct bbl marked “J.REID.NEW YORK” on top bbl flat. 2-pc walnut grips with brass escutcheons. Single action with spur trigger. High hump variations are exceedingly rare and when being a brass and iron combination makes them almost impossible to find. Earliest known Reid Model 1.22 cal Revolver. High hump frame variation where hammer closes under the hinge pin. Some parts are made of brass and some of steel showing that James Reid used whatever he had on hand at the time. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Very fine overall, with what appears to be all proper and correct early production components. The upward swiveling loading gate has a period repair at its hinge point but is now stable. The small brass access plate on left side of frame still retains original frame-to-disk index marking. Bore and mechanics are fine. Traces of period blue finish remain in protected areas on bbl and frame. An exceedingly rare and desirable early variation of the Model 1. 2) REID MDL 1. SN 283. Cal. 22 RF. Early production high hump 7-shot revolver with 3-1/2″ blue finish oct bbl. 2-pc walnut grips with brass escutcheons and nickel plated iron frame. Single action with spur trigger. Distinctive upward swiveling loading gate with safety lock. Bbl marked “J.REID.NEW.YORK.” SN “283” found on bottom of bbl. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Spectacular overall condition, with most all of the period bright blue remaining on bbl. Blue finish on cyl has mostly turned plum but traces of the bright blue remain. Frame and loading gate retain virtually all of their period nickel with only a slight amount of discoloration and distress. 2-pc walnut grips are exceptional retaining most of their period varnish but have suffered a very small chip with a small amount of material loss at the top of the left grip handle. A truly exceptional example of one of the least common Reid revolvers. 3) REID 1. SN 2499. Cal. 22 RF. Model 1 Reid revolver 7-shot cyl, single action with spur trigger, 2-pc walnut grips with brass escutcheons. Combination steel and brass construction. Very end of production variation with what is referred to as the straight line receiver having no large hump. Upward swiveling loading gate and 3-1/2″ oct bbl. Manufactured from 1861 through 1864 with a total production believed to be just under 900. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection. CONDITION: Very good overall, with only traces of period nickel finish remaining on frame. 2-pc walnut grips are very good with areas of finish loss appropriate for age. Bore and mechanics are fine, however, cyl does not lock in position. Loading gate locking latch is not present and appears not to have been present for some time. This is an amazing grouping of Model 1 Reid’s with examples of most all variations. 50603-1, 50603-1, 50603-2, 50603-8 TDW (1,800-2,500) – Lot 2102

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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