J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 16299 / 300,
30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, 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, (No.1 short rib loose, No.2 with partially repaired dent), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/4 choke (No.1) 1/4 choke in both (No.2), self-opening actions, toplevers engraved '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, 'arrow' cocking-indicators, fine bouquet and scroll engraving, brushed finish, 15 1/2in. figured stocks including 1 3/4in. wooden extensions, weight 7lb., in their makers brass cornered oak and leather double guncase
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this pair was completed in October 1898 as a pair of single trigger hammerless ejector guns, for Colonel Collingwood.
Research would indicate this to be Col. Cuthbert Collingwood of the Lancashire Fusiliers
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act