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Lot 3178: James Reid .32 Caliber My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce Reid .32 Caliber My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Scarce Reid .32 Caliber My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver

Manufacturer: Reid James
Model: Knuckle Duster
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 32 RF
Barrel: 1 5/8 inch cylinder
Finish: nickel/silver
Grip: brass
Item Views: 256
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 115
Class: Antique

This is one of an estimated 2,900 brass frame models manufactured from 1870 to 1882. The left side of the top strap is marked "MY FRIEND" along with the 1865 patent date. The five-shot cylinder is plain while the brass frame features a scroll engraving on the sides and engraved accents on the front and on the top strap. The cylinder pin and cylinder are numbered to the gun. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The frame retains a few areas of original silver plating with the exposed brass having an untouched attractive aged patina. The cylinder has a smooth gray patina with some pin point pitting. The engraving is crisp. Mechanically fine.

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