J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 14778 / 9,
for 1893, 28in. nitro reproved Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels (shortened), the ribs engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', and '1' and '2' at the breech ends, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, minor dents No.1 and left bore dimension marginal, toplevers engraved '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining slight traces of original colour-hardening,14 1/2in. well-figured stocks, light damage to fore-end woods at knuckle, weight 6lb. 7oz., in a leather motor case with James Purdey gold-tooled leather trade label
Provenance: The makers have kindly supplied us with the following information:
Completed: 18th December 1893
For: Bryan Cookson
Description: A pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 12oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Very Modified (Right) & Plain (Left)
Stock: 14 7/8 1/16in.
Actions with intercepting safeties
November 1936: Temporarily lengthened to 15 1/8in.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act