† J. PURDEY & SONS
A MAGNIFICENT, VIRTUALLY UNUSED, KULCZYK-ENGRAVED .470 NITRO EXPRESS SELF-OPENING PINLESS SIDELOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 30259,
24in. nitro chopperlump barrels, gold-inlaid line details at breech end and muzzles, deeply matted sight rib with open sights and single folding leaf sight, gold-inlaid sight lines and marked for 40 and 100 metres, matted ramp-mounted gold bead fore-sight with flip-up moonsight and button release removable protector hood, the sunken rib gold-inlaid with the calibre designation in script, the tubes gold-inlaid 'J. PURDEY & SONS. LONDON. ENGLAND.', treble-grip action with side-clips, short side-bolsters, removable striker discs, manual bolted safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' and 'BOLTED' details, elongated top strap, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, colour-hardened triggers, the front articulated, rolled-edge triggerguard, the action, pinless lockplates and furniture finely engraved with bold acanthus scrollwork on a finely matted background, interspersed with finely executed depictions of African game, the left side with portraits of hyena, hippopotamus and black rhino and two circular vignettes of African elephant with golden backdrops, the right side with portraits of hyena, hippopotamus and black rhino and two circular vignettes of cape buffalo with golden backdrops, the underside with circular gold-inlaid vignette depicting the head of a lion couchant, with further representations of vultures, African wild dog and warthog, the triggerguard with a blue crane and a kudu with central gold-highlighted vignette of a leopard, the triggerguard tang gold-inlaid with the serial number and with a crocodile at the tip, the toplever with a portrait of a giraffe, the fore-end finial with an African serval, the whole with occasional gold-inlaid sawtooth wave bordering, the triggerplate signed 'J. E. KULCZYK 08', 14 5/8in. highly-figured pistolgrip stock with cheekpiece, including 5/8in. leather covered recoil pad, bold acanthus scroll engraved steel pistolgrip-cap with gold-inlaid sawtooth wave bordering and gold-inlaid with the calibre designation, the trap engraved with the head of a gazelle, sling swivels with blued and engraved screw heads, slim beavertail fore-end with partially colour-hardened iron, gold-inlaid inside with the serial number, knuckle with further bold acanthus scrollwork, sawtooth wave gold inlay and with a small cartouche gold-inlaid 'PURDEY', weight 11lb. 13oz., in its lightweight leather case with accessories
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