J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 16915 / 6,
for 1900, 30in. nitro reproved Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels (loose on actions, some pits and dents No.1), ribs engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL.' (worn No.2), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke, toplevers engraved '1' and '2', removable striker discs, automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed bright finish, 15in. figured stocks including 7/8in. wooden extensions, fore-end woods with losses and minor crack to wood No.2, weight 7lb. (No.1) and 6lb. 14oz. (No.2)
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 2nd August 1900
For: Sir G.A. Cooper
Description: A pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 12oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & Modified
Stock: 14 5/16in.
Thumbpieces of toplevers set over to the right
Padded trigger guards
26th February 1946: No. 1 stock bend adjusted and lengthened in wood to 15in.
8th October 1948: No. 2 made to match No. 1
February 1961: Toplevers straightened, stocks shortened and guns reproofed
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act