A 12-BORE TOPLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 9866,
for 1877, 30in. sleeved steel to damascus nitro barrels (in 2020), the rib with recent engraving 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE SOUTH AUDLEY STREET LONDON.', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/2 and 3/4 choke, action bar engraved '2', carved percussion fences, rebounding island locks with finely engraved dolphin hammers, fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed finish overall, 14in. well-figured refinished stock, fore-end with Anson push rod release and inset with a blank gold diamond shaped escutcheon, weight 6lb. 4oz.
Provenance: The Makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: Timothy Hutchinson
Description: No. 2 of a pair of toplever back action hammer guns
Weight: 6lb. 6 1/2oz.
Barrels: 30in. Damascus
Choke: [Not Recorded]
Stock: 14 3/8 1/16in.
Stock with gold oval, snap forend with gold diamond
May 1888: Guns altered to 14 3/8 1/16in. on behalf of M.A.R. Cammell
29th October 1888: Stock bend adjusted
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act