James Reid, New York + Catskill, 1862 - 1873, receives 1863 a patent for a
percussion revolver + Dec. 26, 1865 patent for the famous knuckleduster "My
Taylor G. Bowen, James Reid and his Catskill KNUCKLEDUSTERS.
MY FRIEND. PATD. DEC. 26. 1865.
MY FRIEND. PATD. DEC. 26.
right of bridge, matching serial # 11770, caliber .32 rim fire, 5-shot single
action brass knuckleduster with spur trigger. A Later
variation made without safety device but nicely marked, New York style engraved on frame with a shield pattern checkering at
butt. Fine overall
condition, with portions of silver wash finish remaining in protected areas.
Scroll and vine engraving is very fine with a relatively large amount of
coverage. The mechanics are excellent. A very difficult knuckleduster to
acquire as the total production was approximately 2,900 made from 1870 to 1882.
Rarely encountered in any condition. PROVENANCE: The Carmen Gianforte Collection
with list of serial # in this range.
Flayderman's # 8A-148,