J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE PUSH-FORWARD UNDERLEVER BAR-IN-WOOD SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 10598,
28in. sleeved nitro barrels, the rib re-engraved '2' and 'J. PURDEY & SON. 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID-PRESSED STEEL.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, fences carved with leaves, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, protruding tumbler pivots, articulated front trigger, fine bouquet and scroll engraving, some repairs to triggerplate, 14 1/2in. replacement stock, weight 6lb. 13oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 23rd December 1879
For: Henry Bentley
Description: No. 2 of a pair of bar-in-wood hammerless non-ejector guns
Weight: 6lb. 14oz.
Choke: Modified & Choke
Stock: 14 1/4in.
Noted as having steel barrels and "not much engraving"
This may be based upon the Adams action, who worked on the sister gun to this, or Apteds design, who worked on this gun. Both guns had 2 finishers, but this may be because they appear to have been split and sold individually. 10598 was sold to Mr. Bernard at an unrecorded date, and although the bend was increased the length of pull remained consistent.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act