J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 13727,
for 1890, 30in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, rib address worn, with '3' at the breech end, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, partially repaired bulge left tube, wall thicknesses at 19, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, the action flats numbered '3', brushed and reblued finish overall, 14 3/4in. boldly-figured stock (chequering refreshed by another) including 1/4in. horn buttplate, fore-end wood with repairs, weight 6lb. 12oz., in its brass-cornered oak and leather case retaining original trade, loading and charges labels, the lid exterior with blank circular brass escutcheon, the leather marked 'W.S. FOTHRINGHAM. SCOTS GUARDS.'
Provenance: The vendor has kindly supplied us with the following information:
"The guns (please see also Lots 1407 and 1408) 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: 26th July 1890
Description: A hammerless ejector game gun
Weight: 6lb. 12oz.
Choke: Modified & "Choke"
Stock: 14 5/8 1/16in.
Action with intercepting safeties
Patterned to match 12888
September 1960: Choke made 1/4 in both barrels
June 1962: stock adjusted for R.S. Fothringham
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act