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Lot 1800: MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJ. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMER PIGEON GUN, serial no. 16410,

Fine Modern & Antique Guns - December 2016

by Holt's Auctioneers

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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  • MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJ. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMER PIGEON GUN, serial no. 16410,
  • MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJ. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMER PIGEON GUN, serial no. 16410,
  • MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJ. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMER PIGEON GUN, serial no. 16410,
  • MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJ. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMER PIGEON GUN, serial no. 16410,
  • MADE FOR CHARLES GORDONJ. PURDEY & SONS A 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMER PIGEON GUN, serial no. 16410,
   
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Description: MADE FOR CHARLES GORDON
J. PURDEY & SONS

AN UNUSUAL 12-BORE (3IN.) ROTARY-UNDERLEVER DOUBLE-BARRELLED HAMMERGUN, serial no. 16410,
34in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, broad rib engraved ''J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH''S FLUID PRESSED STEEL'', 3in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. choke in both, large rounded bar action with carved percussion fences and side-clips, non-rebounding back-action locks with dolphin hammers, Jones patent rotary-underlever, bold scrolling acanthus engraving, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/8in. highly-figured stock including steel buttplate with engraved elongated backstrap, unchequered fore-end, weight 9lb. 7oz.


Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed on 20th April 1899 as a ''12-bore hammer gun, back action, non-rebounding locks, lever over guard, 34" Whitworth barrels, bolted fore-end, no chequer on fore-part, clip sides, 9lb. 9 1/2oz. Cost £73 plus £13 14s for extra fittings'' for Charles Gordon. The Lot is accompanied by an extensive research portfolio assembled by the vendor


Literature: The gun is referenced in Donald Dallas'' book ''Charles Gordon - Magnificent Madness'', page 92 and illustrated on page 93

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