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Lot 1409: J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 16383,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 16383,
30in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, rib (loose) re-engraved ''J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH''S FLUID PRESSED STEEL.'' and ''1'', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke, right wall thickness below recommended minimum, self-opening action with removable striker discs, toplever engraved ''1'', automatic safety with gold-inlaid ''SAFE'' detail, arrow cocking-indicators, fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed finish overall, 15 1/2in. figured stock (thin at wrist) including 1 1/8in. rubber recoil pad, weight 7lb., in a brass-cornered leather hammergun case with a James Purdey & Sons trade label
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun "went out in the black" in 1898, and was sold to T.A. Belville on 21st June, 1899. It is recorded as No.1 of a pair.