JAMES PURDEY, LONDON
A FINE 16-BORE PERCUSSION DOUBLE-BARRELLED SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. 3373,
for 1840, with 30in. browned damascus multi-groove rifled barrels, broad flat top-rib signed 'J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET LONDON', elongated bead fore-sight, standing notch rear-sight with additional folding leaf, both with central platinum lines, colour hardened border engraved breech-blocks, engraved rib-end, platinum line and vented plugs, fully engraved colour hardened top-tang, colour hardened bar-action locks signed 'PURDEY', sliding safes forwards of the drum based dolphin-headed hammers, chequered walnut half-stock with shallow raised cheek-piece, blued and engraved iron furniture including chequered heel-plate and chequered grip-spur to lower tang, underside of butt with oval escutcheon engraved with the armorial of Berkeley Castle, provision for sling and original mahogany ramrod, the whole retaining the majority of its original finish and colour
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this rifle was completed on the 4th June 1840 for Lord Seagrave and described as a percussion double rifle weighing 8lbs 5oz. of 16-bore with 30in. barrels and 14 7/8in. stock.
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