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Fine Modern & Antique Guns - March 2020

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Sale A0320 Lot 1451

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J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 18670,
27in. replacement nitro chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the underside with a cartouche engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS PATENT', retaining some renewed colour-hardening and finish, 14in. highly-figured semi-pistolgrip stock with pistolgrip-cap, matching fore-end wood, weight 6lb. 11oz., in a lightweight brass-cornered leather case with some accessories and a 1929 'Purdey Guns' booklet

Provenance: The makers have kindly supplied us with the following information:

No. 18670
Completed: August 1907
For: Captain Tomasson
Description: No. 2 of a trio of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 12oz.
Calibre: 12-bore
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Tight Cyl. & Mod.
Stock: 14 7/8in.
Notes:
Tomasson deceased, October 1922
6th March 1923: Offered to C.B. Vaughan by Mr. Godman. Noted as having 'been done up'. Noted as "Purchased by G.E. Neilson", not date recorded
November 1923: Guns were at Audley House, noted as having lost 1 1/2oz. from the barrels
1927: 18669 & 1870 were repatterned for Vaughan's, but on behalf of Christie. The gun weight of 6lb. 8oz. suggests that the barrels had been shortened as part of this process.
14th May 1982: New barrels fitted, chambered 2 1/2in., choked Imp. Cyl. & 1/2
1986: Restocked
26th August 1987: Noted as being in new ownership
The trio as a group appear to have been split by 1927


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Estimate £6,000-8,000

S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act




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