May 07, 2020 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


English Schuetzen Percussion Target Rifle by E.M. Reilly

.50 caliber, 33.25" barrel, no S/N.  Damascus barrel with schuetzen-style stock finely checkered at forend and wrist.  Blade front sight with iron ramrod pipes with entry pipe leading to reinforced forend.  Classic schuetzen type triggerguard with set trigger.  Forend tapped for palm rest.  Top of barrel marked "E. M. REILLY 502 NE OXFORD ST. E315 OXFORD ST. LONDON."  Lockplate marked "REILLY/LONDON" and engraved with classic broad scrolls.

E.M. Reilly appeared as an apprentice to J.C. Reilly in 1835, when the the latter moved to 316 High Holborn Street.  Guns were manufactured at this location for several years, during which time E.M. may have become a full partner in the business.  The firm then relocated to the 502 New Oxford Street address in 1847.  E.M. would become a well-known gun maker in his own right, earning several medals under his own name at the 1855 Paris Universelle Exposition.  The address on the barrel of this particular piece would likely place its manufacture between 1847 and 1859, when the firm, now under E.M.'s leadership moved to 315 Oxford Street.


Fine.  Minor wear throughout with barrel retaining its attractive Damascus pattern.  Some handling marks and small areas minor crazing of varnish finish on stock.  Bore is excellent; bright with strong rifling.  A very nice piece overall.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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