J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 16437,
for 1899, 28in. replacement nitro chopperlump barrels (in 1985), the rib engraved '1' at the breech end, the tubes engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke, toplever engraved '1', removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed bright and reblued finish overall, 14 7/8in. figured replacement stock with matching fore-end wood, weight 6lb. 8oz., in a lightweight leather case
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: July 1899
For: Waldorf Astor (later Viscount Astor)
Description: No. 1 of a pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 10oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & Modified
Stock: 14 3/4in.
Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (1879 - 1952) was an American-born English politician and newspaper proprietor. He was also a member of the prominent Astor family, who for many years were known as 'the Landlords of New York'.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act