J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 12893,
for 1888, 30in. nitro reproved replacement barrels (by another) numbered 6543, the rib with acanthus scroll detailing at the breech-end and '2', rib address indistinct, the tubes re-engraved 'NEW BARRELS MADE FOR J. PURDEY & SONS. GUN NO. 12893, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, bright and blued finish, 13 3/4in. figured stock, weight 6lb. 7oz., in a leather hammergun case
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 20th September 1888
For: C. Leslie
Description: No. 2 of a pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 11oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & "Choke"
Stock: 14 1/4in.
Originally built for Edward Banbury
1980: This gun only was auctioned by Pearsons of Stockbridge
Edward Banbury (b. 1833) was a banker, who lived at 64, Princes Gate, London
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act