A SCARCE 16-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) PUSH-FORWARD THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8743,
29in. nitro reproved damascus barrels (in 2018), rib engraved 'J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. cyl. in both (some pitting, wall thicknesses below recommended minimum), action incorporating J. Purdey 1863 second pattern thumbhole underlever and Purdey 1863 double bite, patent no. 1104 of 2nd May 1863, carved percussion fences, rebounding sidelocks with dolphin hammers, fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, 14 1/4in. figured stock with steel heel and toe plates, fore-end with crosspin release catch, weight 6lb. 3oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in 1872 for a Dr. Ramskill.
Research would indicate this to be Dr Jabez Spence Ramskill (1825 - 1897), studied at Guy's Hospital, and admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons in 1846, aged 21.
In 1860 Dr Ramskill was the first physician appointed at the newly-opened 'National Hospital for the Relief and Cure of the Paralysed and Epileptic' in Queen Square, Bloomsbury
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act