J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 12694,
for 1887, 29 1/2in. black powder only Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/2 choke, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of colour-hardening, some external patination, 14 1/4in. figured stock (cracked and repaired through head) including 1/2in. ebonite extension (chipped at toe), weight 6lb. 10oz.
Provenance: The Makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: Colonel Bailey
Description: A hammerless non-ejector game gun
Weight: 6lb. 8 1/4oz.
Barrels: 29 1/2in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & Modified
Action with third grip and intercepting safeties
Stock with heel & toe pieces
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act