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James Reid .22 Cal Engraved Knuckleduster Revolver

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James Reid .22 caliber factory engraved combination “Knuckleduster” revolver. One of the most recognized, yet difficult to locate firearms of the mid-19th century, the Reid “MY FRIEND” was made in fairly limited quantities from 1868 to 1882. This early brass framed example is serial number 4217 and has the scarce and desirable sliding safety bar under the frame ahead of the trigger. Only the earliest examples have this device that was not included in later manufactured guns. This excellent Reid Knuckleduster is also marked with the early and desirable “MY FRIEND” on the left side of the frame below the cylinder. The brass frame has acquired a most attractive mellow patina and shows no indication of ever having been polished. All engraving on the sides, top, front and back strap is sharp and clear. The cylinder and cylinder pin show matching serial numbers to the frame which is unusual because Reid Knuckleddusters are usually found with replaced or broken cylinder pins. The steel cylinder shows an attractive aged patina with no evidence of cleaning or polishing. Functioning of the Reid was accomplished by simply pulling back the hammer and firing the weapon with the small exposed spur trigger. However, if less deadly force was called for, or if the pistol was out of ammo, one could hold the cylinder/frame in the palm of the hand with the little finger inserted through the hole in the grip and use the gun as a “knuckler” or a battering cudgel. The original patent drawings for this unique handgun show this intended alternative use, and is depicted in the classic book Firearms Curiosa, by Lewis Winant. A copy of this drawing is included. One of the more interesting and unusual of the popular hideout guns of the mid to late 1800s, the Reid My Friend Knuckleduster found favor with prison guards, lawmen as well as thugs and outlaws alike. Surviving specimens are very scarce and seldom appear on the collector market today. Those that do surface often show signs of heavy use and abuse. This is a most attractive engraved example with rare early sliding safety and original numbered cylinder pin intact. A rare acquisition opportunity for the advanced firearm collector. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
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James Reid .22 Cal Engraved Knuckleduster Revolver

Estimate $2,400 - $3,200
Jul 13, 2019
Starting Price $25
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0099: James Reid .22 Cal Engraved Knuckleduster Revolver

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Est. $2,400 - $3,200Starting Price $25
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Lot 0099 Details

Description
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James Reid .22 caliber factory engraved combination “Knuckleduster” revolver. One of the most recognized, yet difficult to locate firearms of the mid-19th century, the Reid “MY FRIEND” was made in fairly limited quantities from 1868 to 1882. This early brass framed example is serial number 4217 and has the scarce and desirable sliding safety bar under the frame ahead of the trigger. Only the earliest examples have this device that was not included in later manufactured guns. This excellent Reid Knuckleduster is also marked with the early and desirable “MY FRIEND” on the left side of the frame below the cylinder. The brass frame has acquired a most attractive mellow patina and shows no indication of ever having been polished. All engraving on the sides, top, front and back strap is sharp and clear. The cylinder and cylinder pin show matching serial numbers to the frame which is unusual because Reid Knuckleddusters are usually found with replaced or broken cylinder pins. The steel cylinder shows an attractive aged patina with no evidence of cleaning or polishing. Functioning of the Reid was accomplished by simply pulling back the hammer and firing the weapon with the small exposed spur trigger. However, if less deadly force was called for, or if the pistol was out of ammo, one could hold the cylinder/frame in the palm of the hand with the little finger inserted through the hole in the grip and use the gun as a “knuckler” or a battering cudgel. The original patent drawings for this unique handgun show this intended alternative use, and is depicted in the classic book Firearms Curiosa, by Lewis Winant. A copy of this drawing is included. One of the more interesting and unusual of the popular hideout guns of the mid to late 1800s, the Reid My Friend Knuckleduster found favor with prison guards, lawmen as well as thugs and outlaws alike. Surviving specimens are very scarce and seldom appear on the collector market today. Those that do surface often show signs of heavy use and abuse. This is a most attractive engraved example with rare early sliding safety and original numbered cylinder pin intact. A rare acquisition opportunity for the advanced firearm collector. This firearm qualifies as an Antique, and does not require FFL Transfer or NICS Background Check.
Condition
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For a complete representation of condition and for additional images please call 800-686-4216. It is the buyer’s responsibility to view each image and preview the item to determine condition.

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