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Lot 3072: Reid James Knuckle Duster Revolver 22 short

Fine Engraved James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster with Police Whistle and Letter

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Lot 3072: Reid James Knuckle Duster Revolver 22 short

Fine Engraved James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster with Police Whistle and Letter

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized:

Fine Engraved James Reid My Friend Knuckle Duster with Police Whistle and Letter

Manufacturer: Reid James
Model: Knuckle Duster
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 22 short
Barrel:
Finish: nickel
Grip:
Stock:
Item Views: 1983
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 39
Class: Antique
Description:

Produced 1868-1882, this is an early example of a Reid knuckle duster with "MY FRIEND" and patent marking on the left side of the top strap. "61" is marked on the rear of the cylinder and the full serial number "13061" is marked on the butt. It has scroll engraving on the integral grip and a checkered shield at the rear. A police whistle [sic] is included in a cardboard box with a "LE PARFUM IDEAL HOUBIGANT" brass label of a woman sniffing a flower on the bottom. The top of the box is marked "Grandpa Winfelder's/Police Whistle [sic]". A letter is included explaining that this pistol and whistle belonged to the recipients "great grand uncle, Louis Windfelder, which he used when he was a policeman in Renovo, PA. He kept it in his boot as an extra weapon." A copy of a family photograph with Winfelder in it is also included.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The gun retains 85% plus of the untouched original nickel plating with clear engraving and mostly clear markings and some brass visible on the edges. Mechanically fine. The whistle is in good shape with some flaking of its finish. Overall, this is a very interesting set.



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