This Reilly BPE is for sale in the upcoming Holt's auction - SN 17230, 10 bore BPE. Estimate seems low but perhaps there are not many people around who want to shoot a 10 bore black powder rifle at Lions. Rifle would date to 1871 per my chart - Dr. Livingston and Sir Henry Morton Stanley would approve:https://auctions.holtsauctioneers.c...+++730+&refno=++170800&saletype=
E. M. REILLY & CO.
A SCARCE 10-BORE (2 7/8IN.) DOUBLE-BARRELLED ROTARY-UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE, serial no. 17230,
circa 1871, 26in. black powder only bold damascus barrels, partially matted rib engraved 'E.M. REILLY & CO. OXFORD STREET. LONDON.' with engraved open sights and three folding leaf sights, marked 50, 100, 150 and 200 and with white metal-inlaid sight lines, bead fore-sight, Jones patent rotary underlever, carved serpentine fences, the action face engraved with a flower and 'PATENT B127', incorporating Horsley patent retracting strikers, patent no. 1138 of 17th April 1867, the non-rebounding back action locks with bolted short nose hammers with hare's-ear spurs and breast cams, border and acanthus scroll engraving, the action bar with a tiger to the left and a lion to the right, elongated top tang with a lion's head, some wear and patination overall, 14 1/2in. figured pistolgrip stock (cracked and repaired at hand) with cheekpiece, steel pistolgrip-cap, sling eyes and chequered steel buttplate, weight 12lb. 4oz.
And find myself wondering about that strange firing pin/hammer set up. Any comments?