* A 12 BORE PERCUSSION SINGLE BARREL SPORTING GUN BY PURDEY OF LONDON, CIRCA 1824, serial no. 726,
with 30in. three stage octagonal to polygonal to round barrel, the top flat at the breech engraved 'PURDEY, PRINCES ST. LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON' (refreshed) the patent breech with two platinum lines and poincon stamped 'PURDEY LONDON', the foliate engraved fixed breech, with some loss to engraving from flash erosion and pitting, borderline engraved lock with a sunburst to centre top and panels of foliate scroll work and the makers name 'PURDEY' to centre, the cock with dolphin head and engraved to match, the nose worn and partly missing, figured walnut half-stock, with chequered wrist (refreshed) which is inset with a silver escutcheon bearing a past owners initials 'W.W.', the iron mounts include butt-plate the long tang decorated with foliate engraving the trigger-guard engraved to match, the engraving faint and worn, replacement horn nose-cap, the barrel has been rebrowned over pitting particularly at breech, stock refinished with some repairs including the top 3in. of the fore-end which has been very well executed and difficult to see, contained in a refurbished relined and partitioned green baize lined brass-bound mahogany case, the lid with reproduction Purdey trade card, accessories include a leather shot pouch and a mainspring cramp
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: "Capt. C" [Possibly Conroy]
Description: A single-barrelled percussion gun
Weight: [Not Recorded]
Stock: [Length Not Recorded - Bend at Comb; 1 3/8in., Bend at Heel; 2 5/8in.]
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