J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF LEFT-HANDED OPENING 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 13621 / 2,
29in. nitro barrels, (No.1 sleeved by W. Powell & Son in 1984 with plain rib, No.2 nitro reproved in 2017), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both (No.1) and true cyl. choke both (No.2), No.2 gun wall thicknesses below recommended minimum, self-opening actions with removable striker discs, left-opening toplevers, automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the fences relief engraved with floral designs on a matted background, retaining very slight traces of original colour-hardening, 14 7/8in. figured pistolgrip stocks (No.1 two piece grip) with engraved steel pistolgrip-caps, No.2 stock with minor repaired crack to rear of left lockplate, weight 6lb. 15oz. (No.1) and 6lb. 12oz. (No.2), in their brass-cornered oak and leather case
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this pair was completed on 31st July 1891 for C. Edwards Heathcote Esq.
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