J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR, serial no. 12888,
for 1887, 30in. nitro reproved Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels, rib inscription worn, with '1' at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, some pitting, wall thicknesses at 20- and 19, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, arrow cocking-indicators, best acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, action flats numbered '1', retaining traces of renewed finish to furniture, 14 1/4in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 9oz.
Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied us with the following information:
"The guns (please see also Lots 1408 and 1474) were all made for my great-grandfather, Walter Thomas James Scrymsoure Steuart Fothringham (1862-1936). Owner of three sporting estates in Perthshire and Angus, he lived primarily at Murthly Castle, Perthshire from 1890. A Lieutenant in the Scots Guards and the Forfar and Kincardine Artillery Militia, he later became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 1st Battalion of The Scottish Horse Yeomanry, which he commanded in action in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915. He was a Founder member of the Scottish Forestry Commission, 1919-1936, being their Commissioner for Perthshire. His Purdeys have been in the ownership of the family continuously, used successively by his second son, Major Thomas Steuart Fothringham, Black Watch, and Thomas's eldest son, Robert Steuart Fothringham, who was my father."
The Makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 30th December 1887
For: W.S. Fothringham
Description: A pair of hammerless non-ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 11 3/4oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: "Very Modified" & "Little More Choke"
Stock: 14 5/8in.
Actions with intercepting safeties
Other Notes: Please see Lot 1408 for the No. 2 gun of the pair and Lot 939 for the double guncase to the pair
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act