J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 25803, with extra barrels,
for 1942, original 30in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.', and gold-inlaid '1' at the breech end, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 3/4 choke;
new 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels, London proof for 2006, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.' and gold-inlaid '1' at the breech end, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 3/4 choke;
self-opening action with removable striker discs, toplever gold-inlaid '1', cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining much colour-hardening and renewed finish, 15in. highly-figured replacement semi-pistolgrip stock, cast on for the left shoulder and including 1/2in. horn buttplate, the fore-end with new beavertail fore-end wood (original splinter fore-end wood in case), weight 7lb. 4oz. (original barrels) and 7lb. 7oz. (new barrels), in a modern Purdey lightweight leather case with some accessories and a canvas and leather outer cover
Provenance: The makers have kindly supplied us with the following information:
Completed: January 1942
For: Edward Barford
Description: No. 1 of a pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 11oz.
Choke: Tight Cylinder & Modified
Stock: 15 1/8in.
Leather-covered Silver's recoil-pad
Noted in 2004 that the barrel length was 30in. and that they had been reproofed for 2 3/4in. cartridges.
The extra barrels are not mentioned in the records.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act