PIPE CASED ENGLISH Antique COLT “NEW LINE” .22 Cal. Rimfire ETCHED Revolver
E.M. Reilly LONDON RETAILER Marked Revolver
Here we present an antique Pipe Cased E.M. Reilly of London Marked Etched Panel Colt New Line .22 Revolver, made in 1877 in Hartford, Connecticut. The New Line was a single action pocket revolver introduced by the Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company in 1873 and continued through 1884, with the .22 caliber being manufactured between 1873 and 1877 with a total of roughly 55,343 being manufactured. Two years after the Colt House Revolver, a year after the Colt Open Top, and almost simultaneously alongside the Colt Peacemaker, the Colt New Line was one of the first metallic cartridge, rear-loading revolvers manufactured by Colt. It was designed to be a handy pocket-carry revolver, chambered in .22 rimfire, which was very popular for self-defense in those days.
The revolver features 7 shots of .22 rimfire. Of all the Colt “New Line” revolvers made, the .22 caliber was the only one featuring a 7 shot cylinder. All other calibers utilized a 5-shot cylinder. Etched on the left side of the barrel is “COLT NEW 22”. The backstrap is marked “E.M. REILLY & Co. 16 NEW OXFORD ST. LONDON”. Edward M. Reilly (1816-1890) worked initially under his father Joseph Charles Reilly (1786-1864) and then took over the family business and became a leading and innovative gunmaker and retailer in the second half of the 19th century. He exhibited his wares at the World’s Fairs including London and Paris in the 1850s. By at least October 1859, Reilly had taken on partners and changed the name of the company to E.M. Reilly & Co.
The overall condition is exceptional. Original blue, fire blue, and nickel finish. The action is excellent. The bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The grips are smooth and solid with all the original varnish. The numbers match. This revolver may be unfired and probably seldom outside of the fitted case. The case is in fine condition. Don’t let this one get away!
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Barrel is 2-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire (short, black powder)
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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