J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF HUNT-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 23761 / 2, with extra barrels,
Original 28in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the ribs gold-inlaid in gothic script 'J. PURDEY & SONS. LONDON. ENGLAND.' and numbered '3' and '4' at the breech ends, the tubes carved in high relief at the breech ends with acanthus designs, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke; No.4 left wall at 19,
Extra barrels by J. Roberts & Son, No.3: 28in. nitro chopperlump barrels dated 1980, partially matted rib engraved at the breech end 'CHOKED BARRELS BY J. ROBERTS & SON. LONDON' and gold-inlaid '3', the breech ends carved in high relief with acanthus, the underside with 'BARRELS FOR PURDEY GUN NO. 23761', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/4 choke, No.4: 27in. nitro chopperlump barrels dated 1978, partially matted rib engraved at the breech end 'CHOKED BARRELS BY J. ROBERTS & SON. LONDON' and gold-inlaid '4', the breech ends carved in high relief with acanthus, the underside with 'BARRELS FOR PURDEY GUN NO. 23762', 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 choke in both, self-opening actions with oak leaf and acorn carved detonatings, the toplevers gold-inlaid '3' and '4', removable striker discs, automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, cocking-indicators, the actions, lockplates and furniture later carved in high relief with scrolling acanthus on a matted background, surrounding game scenes, No.3 with a covey of partridge to the left, a pointer to the underside and a lone gun with pointer shooting partridge to the right, No.4 with a bird of prey attacking partridge to the left, two pointers to the underside and ptarmigan to the right, signed 'K.C. HUNT', bright finish overall, 14 3/8in. well-figured stocks, No.3 weight 5lb. 6oz. (original) and 6lb. 9oz. (extra), No.4 weight 6lb. 4oz. (original) and 6lb. 8oz. (extra), in their brass-cornered oak and leather case, the extra barrels in their individual leather barrel case
Provenance: The makers have kindly supplied us with the following information and suggested that the engraving is likely to have been carried out at the same time as the new barrels were fitted by J. Roberts & Son:
Completed: 21st January 1929
For: T.J. Knapp
Description: A pair of lightweight hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 1oz.
Barrels: 28in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & Tight Cyl.
Stock: 14 1/2 1/16in.
Blued steel actions (may have been unengraved)
Gold oval engraved 'TJK 1928'
Guns numbered '3' & '4' in gold
June 1934: Stock bend and cast decreased
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act