A Miniature 120-Bore Box-Lock Percussion Pocket Pistol By Reilly of London, Circa 1850. With round turn-off barrel engraved with a band of foliage at the breech, signed scroll engraved action, signed 'Reilly' on a scroll on the left and 'London' on a scroll to the right, blued concealed trigger, finely chequered walnut butt with diamond shaped escutcheon and stamped with a serial number on the inside edge, '1292', in untouched condition. The photographs don't do this pistol justice. It retains areas of original finish and has a pleasing patina overall.
Edward Michael Son of Joseph Charles. Gunmaker with father, 1841 Census (age 24). Airgun maker, 502 Oxford Street, 1848-60. Published a Treatise on Air Guns, c 1850. Granted British Patent No. 1259 (Explosive bullet), 1869. Became E.M. Reilly & Co., 1861. Developed in wholesale gun makers, in business until 1917.
Joseph Charles Jeweller, 12 Middle Row, Holborn, 1816-35. Gunmaker, 316 High Holborn, 1835-47; 502 Oxford Street, 1848-58. Became Reilly & Co., 315 Oxford Street., 1859. re-numbered 277 Oxford Street, 1881; taken over by E.M. Reilly & Co., 1899.
Bore: 120 Bore
Barrel Length: 1.5 Inches (3.81 cm)
Overall Length: 4.5 Inches (11.43 cm)