J. PURDEY & SON
A 12-BORE BAR-IN-WOOD TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 11233,
for 1883, 28in. sleeved nitro barrels (in 1978), the rib engraved '3' and the tubes engraved with flashes of foliate scroll at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, carved percussion fences, rebounding locks, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed finish, 14 1/4in. stock including 3/8in. extension, weight 6lb. 10oz., in a modern case
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: Lord Cadogan
Description: No. 3 of a trio of toplever sidelock bar-in-wood hammer guns
Weight: 6lb. 8 1/4oz.
Barrels: 29 1/2in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: "Very little choke & Semi Choke"
Stock: 14 1/4in.
'Hammers very low, not quite out of sight'
Stock with toe piece
George Henry Cadogan, 5th Earl Cadogan (1840 - 1915) was born in the city of Durham and baptised at St James's, Westminster, London. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. Cadogan served as a Major in the Royal Westminster Militia from 1865 to 1872; he was later Honorary Colonel of the battalion (which had become the 5th (Royal Westminster Militia) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers) from 1886, and of the 2nd (South Middlesex) Rifle Volunteer Corps from March 1892 to November 1902.
He was first Mayor of Chelsea in 1900 and a Justice of the Peace for the counties of Middlesex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and London.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act