Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3177: James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster .22 Caliber Revolver

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Desirable Engraved James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster .22 Caliber Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $850 - $1,300

Desirable Engraved James Reid "My Friend" Knuckle-Duster .22 Caliber Revolver

Manufacturer: Reid James
Model: Knuckle Duster
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 22 RF
Barrel: 1 1/2 inch round
Finish: silver
Grip: metal
Item Views: 582
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 115
Class: Antique

Manufactured from 1868 to 1882, these revolvers were intended to served the dual-purpose of pocket pistol and set of brass knuckles. It has a top strap groove sight with the left side marked "MY FRIEND PAT'D. DEC. 26, 1865", lacking a frame mounted safety, and "MY FRIEND" repeated on the lower left frame. Seven-shot unfluted cylinder, with matching partial numbers on the cylinder and cylinder pin, and full serial number on the frame. Frame is decorated with leafy scroll, burst and punch dot engraving, with a starburst behind the hammer and a checkered shield panel on the rear of the solid grip. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retains 75% of the period replated nickel with the balance having thinned to expose an attractively aged brass, primarily on high spots, and crisp engraving. Mechanically fine.

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