A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (FIRST PATTERN) THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER SNAP-ACTION HAMMERGUN, serial no. 7042,
30in. nitro reproved damascus barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY. 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, (bore dimensions marginal), Purdey patent thumbhole underlever (spring broken), patent no. 1104 of 2nd may 1863 (first pattern), slim serpentine fences, non-rebounding back-action locks with finely carved dolphin hammers, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, the underside engraved 'PURDEY'S PATENT', brushed finish, 14 1/4in. figured stock including steel buttplate, weight 6lb. 8oz., in a box
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Gun No. 7042
For: H.R. Cox (later struck out and replaced with W. Middleton)
Description: No. 2 of a pair of back-action hammer guns with First pattern Purdey underlevers
Weight: 7lb. 2oz.
Choke: Both Cylinder
Stock: 14 1/4in.
Built to match John Manton, no. 11763
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act