A RARE BASTIN FRERES PATENT 12-BORE UNDERLEVER SLIDE-ACTION BAR-IN-WOOD PINFIRE HAMMERGUN, serial no. 6523,
30in. blued (likely damascus) barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET. LONDON.' (faint), Bastin slide-action system, the underlever of push-forward form, the lever hook with built up end section, slender carved serpentine pinfire fences, non-rebounding back-action locks, the large dolphin hammers with pinfire cartridge extraction apertures, one hammer screw a replacement, border and acanthus scroll engraving, the lockplates signed 'PURDEY', 15in. stock (possible replacement, chequering refreshed) including 1/2in. horn buttplate, weight 6lb. 13oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly supplied the following information:
For: U.J.H. Shutleworth
Description: No. 1 of a pair of Bastin-patent slide-action pinfire guns
Weight: [Not Recorded]
Choke: Both Cylinder
Stock: [Not Recorded]
The Dimension Book suggests the pair were originally built for an H. Bristowe, and were then split, with the No. 2 gun being sold to W.H. Wakefield. However, the Pattern Book suggests that both guns were completed for Shutleworth.
Lord Ughtred James Shuttleworth .b.1844. MP for Hastings 1869-1880, NE Lancashire 1885-1902. Resided at Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley and Barbon Manor, Kirkby Lonsdale and 28 Prince's Gardens London
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament