BOSS & CO.
A RARE 12-BORE 'PURDEY-ACTION' SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 5633, with extra barrels,
original Whitworth-steel 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, rib engraved 'BOSS & CO. 73 ST. JAMES'S STREET. LONDON.' and gold-inlaid '1' at the breech end, tubes engraved 'SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S PRESSED FLUID STEEL', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, rib slightly loose, right wall at 18;
extra 28in. unsigned nitro barrels (by another), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke;
self-opening action with removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid '1', gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 14 3/8in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 7oz. (original barrels) and 6lb. 9oz. (extra barrels), in a brass-cornered oak and leather case with provision for the 30in. barrels only, the extra 28in. barrels in a canvas leg of mutton slip
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was completed on the 26th August 1908 as No.1 of a pair of 'Purdey Action' guns for an Edward Bunbury
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