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Argo44 #594225 03/20/21 01:44 PM
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Gene,

A nice gesture on your part. The case should be reunited with the original gun. Hope all goes well with your "new" case repair.

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Cool history, Gene. I get the vintage look thing, but, invariably a job halfway done, be it on an old gun, case, car, motorcycle, bicycle, whatever (you get the point) looks halfway done. At least get the case suitable for occasional use, with the gun.

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Now how does that old saying go? One good deed ..........


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Argo44, very enjoyable read, thanks. Mr w martin


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Another selfless, generous act by a member of this board. Great story, circumstance, and best of luck on your new case!

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[quote=Argo44]
Well, here are the three EM three reproduction labels currently on the market - the second one is an absolute time-period match to your gun - you could add the scollops if you wanted.



Thanks for that, Argo. I'll look into acquiring that repro label.
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JB - I'd add the scollops. They were pretty much standard for 502 New Oxford Street long-guns from the time EM created the new label in about December 1847. The two examples of non-scolloped labels above were for pistols, though I have found them for a couple of long-guns as well. You'll have to figure out how to get a large radius punch. I'd also try to get a label in the Khaki color. I've seen labels in green but the Khaki seems standard.

Here are a few on the market - all black on white and therefore not authentic colors. Surely there's a way to tint the background white...quite possibly with tea.

This seller has a period correct Reilly repro which would match your 1868 Reilly gun date: It's a little expensive (4th page at the top)
https://www.cmrfirearms.com/cases-case-trade-labels-vintage-case-trade-labels-1896-1940-p-438.html

This one also
https://www.henrykrank.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=Reilly

This one as well:
https://www.peterdyson.co.uk/acatalog/E-M-Reilly--NLR--TL182.html#SID=68

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I'd just like to add a plug for scholarship.

It's so easy now to say about Reilly that this label was from this period; this gun is dated this year; etc. When I bought 34723 in Nov 2015 there was nothing on Reilly except bits and pieces of urban legend, often contradictory and often contentious. It took over 3,000 hours of research to rehabilitate Reilly and to recreate the history of the Company, date the guns and date the trade labels. It was fun; I enjoyed that sort of thing and was often in the middle of no-where with not a lot else to do.

However, the fact that 26584 in North Hertfordshire found its case in Virginia is directly related to that Reilly research. Donald Dallas recognized this. Others should do likewise for their favorite guns which have no records.

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Case is finished as much as I want it to be...straps and handle on, Top stabilized (it was in crummy shape once the screws on the corner brass came out). (there is still a lot of torque on the lower rib of the top when it is open - I may add a ribbon to support the top when it is open).

But the lock is giving me problems. I have only the lower section, not the top half mortise. (That case sure looks like it was originally for a muzzle loader). The lock guy made a key but gave up on finding a top half mortise. From the looks of things, it shouldn't be that hard to make one out of brass. It's exactly the same size as the top of the lock itself....just need the Pilars. Opinions before I start looking for a machine shop?
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Are you looking for the top piece in the above photo?


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