Lot 1445: J. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 15611,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 15611,
30in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, rib engraved ''J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH''S FLUID PRESSED STEEL.'', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 3/4 choke, some denting and pitting, wall thicknesses well below recommended minimum, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ''SAFE'' detail, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 16 1/2in. boldly-figured stock including 2 1/2in. wooden extension, weight 7lb.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in July 1896 for Major General Buller.
General Sir Redvers Henry Buller VC, GCB, GCMG (7 December 1839 - 2 June 1908), of Downes House, near Crediton in Devon, was a British Army officer and an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He served as Commander-in-Chief of British forces in South Africa during the early months of the Second Boer War and subsequently commanded the army in Natal until his return to England in November 1900.
He was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery under fire during the British defeat at the Battle of Hlobane in 1879, his VC citation reads:
For his gallant conduct at the retreat at Inhlobana, on the 28th March, 1879, in having assisted, whilst hotly pursued by Zulus, in rescuing Captain C. D''Arcy, of the Frontier Light Horse, who was retiring on foot, and carrying him on his horse until he overtook the rear guard. Also for having on the same date and under the same circumstances, conveyed Lieutenant C. Everitt, of the Frontier Light Horse, whose horse had been killed under him, to a place of safety. Later on, Colonel Buller, in the same manner, saved a trooper of the Frontier Light Horse, whose horse was completely exhausted, and who otherwise would have been killed by the Zulus, who were within 80 yards of him.