Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1365: E. M. Reilly & Co. 8 Bore Back Action Underlever Double Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Antique Engraved E. M. Reilly & Co. 8 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $12,000 - $18,000

Antique Engraved E. M. Reilly & Co. 8 Bore Back Action Rotary Underlever Hammer Double Rifle with Case

Manufacturer: English
Model: Double Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 8 Bore
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 459
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 310
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This massive 8 bore double rifle sports browned Damascus steel barrels with blade front and two leaf folding rear sight on the matted solid rib with "E. M. REILLY & Co. OXFORD ST. LONDON." and "& RUE SCRIBE, PARIS" on the left and right barrels respectively. The casehardened rotary underlever hammer back action displays gorgeous scroll engraving and "E. M. REILLY & Co./LONDON" on either lock. The engraving extends to the hammers, the tangs, underlever, and trigger guard which is numbered "18543". The rifle features double triggers, single extractor, and non-rebounding hammers. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings including the non-captive wedge fastener and pistol grip stock with horn grip cap, blank inscription oval, and casehardened steel buttplate. Includes a canvas bound takedown case with "L. R. PHILIPPS" on the lid containing a E. M. Reilly trade label, oiler, leather sling, and two piece cleaning rob. The length of pull is 14 9/16 inches, and the weight is 13 lbs 11 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine as refurbished, retaining 95% brown finish with recut markings with finish applied over top, 75% case colors, and 90% blue on the trigger guard and rear sight with subsurface pitting. The wood is also very fine with scattered scratches and crisp checkering. The case is very good with mild storage wear. Mechanically excellent.

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