J. PURDEY & SONS
A LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 25116,
28in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.', 2 1/2in. chambers (extended from 2in.), bored approx. 1/4 and 3/4 choke, left wall at 19+, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of colour-hardening, 15in. figured stock including 1/2in. rubber recoil pad, weight 5lb. 13oz., in its 'The Purdey Lightweight' leather motor case
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: January 1938
For: Captain A.H. Wheeler
Description: A lightweight hammerless ejector game gun
Weight: 5lb. 8oz.
Calibre: 12-bore (2in. case)
Choke: Tight Cyl. & Mod.
Stock: 14 5/8in.
Silver oval engraved AHW
"2 INCH CASE" in gold on short rib
23rd December 1942: Adjusted to 15 3/8in. on account of Colonel C. Wainman
Captain Alex Hamilton Wheeler M.C. He was born in 1879 in Philadelphia, USA. He moved to Britain and served in the Great War in the West Somerset Yeomanry and the Somerset Light Infantry. He won the Military Cross for gallantry. He resided at Ladbrooke Hall, Southam, Rugby and his phone number was Southam 37.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act