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 LOT 3177
Desirable Engraved James Reid “My Friend” Knuckle-Duster .22 Caliber Revolver - Serial no. 15723, 22 RF cal., 1 1/2 inch round bbl., silver finish, metal grips. 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.
CONDITION: 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.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 850 - 1,300
LOT 3178
Scarce Reid .32 Caliber My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver - Serial no. 10597, 32 RF cal., 1 5/8 inch cylinder
bbl., nickel/silver finish, brass grips. 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.
CONDITION: 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.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000
LOT 3179 Scarce Reid .32 Caliber My Friend Knuckle Duster Revolver - Serial no. 11734, 32 RF cal., 1 5/8 inch cylinder bbl., nickel/silver finish, brass grips. 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. There is a star burst pattern behind the hammer and a checkered panel on the back of the grip section. The cylinder pin is numbered to another gun. The cylinder is numbered to the gun. CONDITION: Fine. The cylinder has a smooth gray patina showing some light pitting. The frame retains 60% original silver plating with the exposed brass having an untouched patina. Cylinder pin has partially stripped threads but still keeps cylinder in place and action does cycle. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection. Estimate: 1,800 - 2,750
LOT 3180 Very Scarce Engraved James Reid Model No. 2 Knuckle Duster Revolver - Serial no. 13336, 32 RF cal., 1 3/4 inch round bbl., nickel finish, metal grips. Manufactured in 1877, this is one of only approximately 100 Model No. 2 knuckle duster revolvers manufactured by James Reid. These were a slightly updated version, with an added barrel, of the distinctive revolver that has made James Reid famous. The top of the barrel is marked “MY FRIEND” and the left side of the top strap is marked “MY FRIEND PATD.DEC.26.1865.” The frame has flourishes of factory engraved floral scroll. The full serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame and the last two digits, “36”, are on the bottom of the barrel and rear face of the cylinder. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, retains 90% of the original nickel finish with some scattered light flaking and handling marks, and crisp engraving overall. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection. Estimate: 2,750 - 4,250 LOT 3181 Rare Engraved James Reid New Model Knuckle Duster Revolver - Serial no. 18376, 32 RF cal., 2 inch round bbl., nickel finish, metal grips. Manufactured in 1883 and also known as the “Protector”, only about 360 were manufactured, falling in the serial number range of about 18,240 to 18,600. A revision of the Knuckle-Duster design, larger in the front to accommodate the barrel and showing an enlarged finger hole. Marked “REIDS NEW MODEL .32/MY FRIEND” on the left side of the barrel, with the serial number on the bottom of the frame and matching “76” on the rear cylinder face, cylinder pin, cylinder pin latch and underside of the barrel. Five round fluted cylinder, spur type hammer, grooved cylinder pin and loading groove on the right side of the frame (not encountered on all New Models). Scroll and punch dot engraving is present on the sides of the frame, with a decorative border around the checkered back strap. In the catalogs of the time, this “New 5 Shot Protector” was advertised as the “Handsomest Revolver In the Market”, “Elegantly hand engraved”, and “In mechanism and finish equal to any Colt or Smith & Wesson”. CONDITION: Very fine. The revolver retains 80% unpolished, frosted original nickel finish showing flaking. The engraving is crisp. Mechanically needs work as cylinder is out of time. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 2,750 - 4,250 115
 













































































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