J. PURDEY & SONS
A FINE PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 18259 and 18259*,
28in. nitro chopperlump barrels, ribs engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.', and '1' and '2' at the breech ends, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/2 and 3/4 choke (No.1) and 1/4 and 3/4 choke (No.2), self-opening actions with removable striker discs, toplevers engraved '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, cocking-indicators, the actions, lockplates and furniture fully engraved with Purdey best large scroll, the undersides with cartouches engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. LONDON. ENGLAND.', bright finish, 14 1/2in. highly-figured stocks, weight 6lb. 15oz., in their lightweight leather motor case
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Gun No. 18259 / 18259* (the numbers used in the ledgers are 27318 / 27728)
Completed: December 1966 / April 1970
For: Monsieur Maxime Magne, of 25, Alle de Tourny, Periqueux, France
Description: A matched pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 14oz. / 6lb. 13 3/4oz.
Calibre: 12-bore (2 3/4in.)
Choke: 1/2 & "Choke"
Stock: 14 9/16in.
Large Scroll engraving by Foster (No. 1) and Casbard (No. 2)
The original 18259 was a single gun, apparently completed in 1904 but never collected, and later restocked and sold to Guinard. There is a note on the order for the first of this pair, dated 28th October 1965, simply stating that the client 'wishes this new gun numbered 18259'
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