J. PURDEY & SONS
A FINE 12-BORE (3IN.) SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR WILDFOWLING GUN, serial no. 15104,
for 1894, 32in. nitro reproved Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels with broad tapered rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID-PRESSED STEEL', the breech end engraved '2' and with acanthus scroll detailing, 3in. chambers, bored approx. 3/4 and 1/2 choke, large treble-grip action with hidden third bite and side-clips, removable striker discs, toplever engraved '2', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, arrow cocking-indicators, the fences carved in high relief with stylised floral motifs on a matted background, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 3/4in. well-figured semi-pistolgrip stock (with well executed likely contemporary conversion to pistolgrip), weight 8lb., in its brass-cornered oak and leather guncase.
Provenance: The makers have very kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: September 1894
For: General A. de Lignieres - senior French cavalry officer and famous Purdey buyer, including the 4-barrel gun.
Description: No. 2 of a pair of hammerless ejector wild-fowling guns
Calibre: 12-bore (3in. Case)
Barrels: 32in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: "Slight Choke" & "More" - looking at the pattern figures, somewhere between 3/4 & 7/8 choke, using 1 1/4oz. of No. 6
Action with third grip and clip sides
Monogram and Coronet encrusted or chased on lever
Engraved by J. Lucas - Purdey's head engraver and originator of our rose & scroll pattern
November 1959: 15104 nitro proofed on behalf of J. Corbett
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act