A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (SECOND PATTERN) PUSH-FORWARD THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER SNAP-ACTION BAR-IN-WOOD HAMMERGUN, serial no. 8616,
31in. black powder only fine damascus barrels, sunken rib engraved 'J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON', and '2', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, 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, fine acanthus scroll engraving, the underside with 'PURDEY'S PATENT', bifurcated triggerguard engraved 'PATENT SAFETY' (likely refers to Purdey patent trigger locking safety, patent no. 3118 of November 28th 1870 - not functioning), retaining very slight traces of colour-hardening, 14 1/4in. figured stock (chequering worn smooth, minor damage), weight 6lb. 15oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: Hon. C. Byng
Description: No. 2 of a pair of sidelock bar in wood hammerguns
Weight: 7lb. 2oz.
Stock: 14 1/2in.
"thin face & worked over"
Captain Hon. Charles Cavendish George Byng, son of the 2nd Earl of Strafford. He was born in 1849 and was a Captain in the Life Guards. He took part in the Sudan Expedition 1884-85. By 1892 he was a Colonel and he died in 1918.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act