Lot 1400: J. PURDEY & SONS A FINE 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 22078,
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
ALL PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO THE GUNMAKERS COMPANY CHARITABLE TRUST
J. PURDEY & SONS
A FINE 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 22078,
30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, rib with acanthus scroll detailing at the breech end and 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. 1/4 and full choke, action with removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ''SAFE'' detail, cocking-indicators, articulated front trigger, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 7/8in. well-figured stock including 5/8in. wooden extension, weight 6lb. 11oz., in its brass-cornered oak and leather case with hand written charges label, serial numbered bone striker pot, striker disc key, cleaning kit, Purdey engraved nickel plated oil bottle and snapcaps, cleaning kit and blue cover Purdey Cartridges and Game Register booklet
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in 1922
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No fees or buyers premium will be charged on this Lot. All funds will be donated directly to the Gunmakers Company Charitable Trust
Since 1637, The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers has worked to ensure the safety of firearms and to promote the craft and technology of gunmaking. In 2003 The Gunmakers Company Charitable Trust was established to support training in gunmaking skills. Apprentice gunmakers are supported by The Trust with bursaries of £5,000 a year, usually for three years each. These bursaries are critical to overcoming the initial economic obstacles to bringing new recruits into gunmaking.
Apprentices are trained in the traditional craft skills as well as in the use of CNC and CAD machines and their particular application in the manufacture of fine quality guns and rifles. Suitably qualified members of the Livery oversee training to ensure a well-rounded range of gunmaking skills are mastered, to a level that will be recognised and valued across the trade. At the end of training, apprentices must demonstrate their skills to a panel of Master Gunmakers'' to be certificated as a fully proficient gunmaker.
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