A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) PUSH-FORWARD THUMBHOLE UNDERLEVER BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8354,
for 1871, 30in. sleeved nitro barrels (loose), the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY. 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/4 choke, 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, best fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, bright and reblued finish overall, 15in. figured stock (cracked at hand), including 3/4in. leather covered recoil pad, fore-end with cross-pin release catch, weight 7lb. 1oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: R.J. Edmunds
Description: No. 2 of a pair of bar-in-wood sidelock hammer guns
Weight: 7lb. 2oz.
Barrels: 30in. Damascus
Choke: Both Cylinder
Stock: 14 3/8in.
Purdey snap-action underlever
Stocked by John Robertson
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act