James Reid Catskill Knuckleduster, Marked:
JAMES REID’S DERRINGER Patd. Dec. 26 1865
Only 16 of Total Production [150 units] Extant,
40% Original Silver, Serial Number: 8982
Material: Brass, steel, silver, and bluing with 40% original silver on the frame and no
remaining finish on the cylinder.
Condition: Very good
Additional Information:An extremely RARE .41-caliber rimfire large frame
knuckleduster revolver…five shot with each chamber rifled; silver plated brass frame,
safety device standard…mainspring adjustment screw is accessed by trapdoor in butt
near trigger guard bow. Very few examples have any finish remaining, those, like this
example retaining 40% silver are thought to have had a deluxe two-tone treatment
[silver frame and blued barrel]. The grip area and area surrounding hammer screw
display strongly engraved scrolling strokes centering diapering; engraving behind
hammer forward of engraved shield filled with deeply cut checkering. Border-engraving
conforms to frame and surrounds fingerhole.
Literature: James Reid and his Catskill Knuckledusters by Taylor G. Bowen, page 151.
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