c1874 7-SHOT .22 JAMES REID Friend KNUCKLE DUSTER Revolver ENGRAVED Antique
BRASS KNUCKLE – PISTOL COMBO
Here we present an antique James Reid Manufactory “My Friend” Knuckle Duster Revolving Pistol, made circa 1874. These were produced from circa 1870 through 1882 with a total production of around 20,000 examples produced in the .22 caliber. The maker, James Reid, was born in Belfast, Ireland, was trained as a gunsmith in Glasgow, Scotland, and then migrated to the United States where he first set up shop in New York City. In 1865, he moved his family and then his shop to Catskill to get out of the city and into the country for health reasons.
He kept a gristmill and his gun manufactory there, where he spent the next decade and a half producing his famous little gun. And, was successful in spite of the fierce competition of 1870s small arms manufacturing. This was a time when small, single action pocket revolvers were so plentiful that Colt could hardly compete. But this pistol had the seven shots of .22 and the ability to be turned around and used to knock some teeth out. Not a bad feature on a revolver for a rough and tumble end of the 19th Century. Certainly no wonder why it would be called “My Friend”. This specimen features an engraved brass frame. The cylinder holds 7 shots of .22 rimfire.
The overall condition is very good. Nice patina on the brass with a small amount of silver plate remaining. The action is strong. The bores are smooth and patinated. The numbers match. Nice engravings.
This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel Length is 1-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire (short, black powder)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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