E.M REILLY & CO, LONDON
A RARE .577 BREECH-LOADING CARBINE, MODEL 'REILLY-COMBLAIN PATENT', serial no. 5439,
circa 1868 and possibly experimental or produced for trials, probably converted from a Pattern 1861 Cavalry Carbine and conforms to Patent No. 2778 of October 2nd, 1867, with 18 1/2in. blued barrel, block and blade fore-sight, small elevating ladder rear-sight, the top of nocksform stamped 'E.M. REILLY & CO, SOLE MANUFACTURERS, NEW OXFORD STREET, LONDON', the breech-block operated by a colour hardened bolt-handled lever mounted on the right hand side, the operation of which draws the block back and up, cocking the hammer at the same time, the top of the block marked 'REILLY-COMBLAIN PATENT NO. 5439' (almost certainly the patent use number), plain flat bar-action lock marked 'E.M. REILLY & CO, LONDON', walnut full-stock, the right hand side of butt stamped in large oval form 'WARRANTED BY E.M. REILLY & CO. LONDON & PARIS', iron furniture including two barrel-bands and jag-ended clearing rod, much finish remaining
Provenance: There are no patents attributed for this mechanism under the name of Reilly. However, there are two patents under the name 'H. Haschke', with H. Comblain in parentheses in the patent records. It is possible Haschke was either a patent agent or a worker for Comblain in Belgium. Reilly was the UK agent for this invention, and possibly submitted this carbine or one similar for Government Trials.
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament