A 16-BORE PERCUSSION SINGLE-SHOT SPORTING-RIFLE BY J. PURDEY, serial no. 2151,
completed 1831, with rebrowned octagonal 30 1/4in. barrel signed on the top-flat 'J. PURDEY, No. 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET, LONDON', bead fore-sight on white metal dove-tailed foot, rear-sight of a single folding leaf and standing notch, twin platinum lines to the angled breech, scroll engraved top-tang with a leopard's head engraved at the front, borderline and scroll engraved bar-action lock also featuring a recumbent stag and signed 'PURDEY' (some discolouration and frosting), engraved sliding safe behind the engraved dolphin headed hammer, chequered walnut half-stock with raised cheek-piece, iron furniture including chequered spur to the lower tang, single set trigger, horn fore-end tip, provision for sling and heavy duty horn-tipped ebony ramrod
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 22nd July 1831
For: Sir John Hippisley, 2nd Bt.
Description: A single-barrelled percussion rifle
Price: £39 18s
Sold with No. 2150, but cased individually.
It is also noted that the engraving was likely undertaken by Gumbrell
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