J. PURDEY & SONS
A FINE 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR PIGEON GUN, serial no. 26486,
for 1954, 30in. nitro chopperlump barrels with raised tapered matt rib, the tubes engraved 'MADE EXPRESSLY FOR MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY CHICAGO BY J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 3/4 and full choke, side-clipped treble-grip action with hidden third bite, removable striker discs, manual safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, cocking-indicators, gold-washed cocking rods, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the lockplates with an eagle on a branch with wings outstretched, the underside with 'J. PURDEY & SONS. LONDON ENGLAND' in an oval, retaining much original colour-hardening and finish, 14 5/8in. well-figured pistolgrip stock (cast on for the left shoulder) with blued steel pistolgrip-cap and including 1/2in. horn buttplate, beavertail fore-end, weight 7lb. 14oz., in its brass-cornered oak and leather case with accessories and canvas and leather outer cover, the lid with gold-tooled James Purdey & Sons trade label and a secondary plaque marked 'MADE IN ENGLAND - FOR - Marshall Field & Company CHICAGO'
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: July 1954
For: Marshall Field & Co., Chicago
Description: A single-trigger hammerless ejector pigeon gun
Weight: 7lbs. 9ozs.
Calibre: 12-bore (2 3/4in.)
Choke: Choke & Full Choke
Action with third grip and clip sides
Best fine engraving, with an eagle on locks
Straight-hand stock with no oval
Engraved on barrels: "Made Expressly For Marshall Field & Company, Chicago, by J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England"
22nd February 1958: Now property of Louis F. Quentin
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act