Lot 1803: J. PURDEY A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8848,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8848,
30in. nitro reproved fine damascus barrels, rib re-engraved ''J. PURDEY. 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.'' and ''1'', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, wall thicknesses below recommended minimum, carved percussion fences, rebounding back-action island locks with dolphin hammers, grip safety, border and fine acanthus scroll engraving, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 1/8in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 6oz., in a re-lined oak case
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in 1873 with 30in. barrels, and sold to W.H. Cole Esq. It was made as the No.2 gun of a pair, but the pair was split and sold as single guns to individual customers.