J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 21032, with extra barrels,
29in. nitro chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke;
27in. nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl in both;
self-opening action with removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed and reblued finish overall, 14 3/4in. boldly-figured stock including 1/2in. well matched wooden extension, stock and fore-end wood possible historic replacements, weight 6lb. 4oz. (29in. barrels) and 6lb. 2oz. (27in. barrels)
Provenance: The Makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: J.W. Brocklebank
Description: A hammerless ejector game gun
Weight: 6lb. 10 1/2oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Tight Cyl & Mod
Stock: 14 11/16in
Out in black, 1914
Originally appears to have been No. 2 of a pair of stock guns, which were sold to two family members and so had different stock dimensions
7th May 1916: Gun made to match his Powell gun, no. 9491, stock length 14 1/2in.
April 1933: Barrels shortened to 27in. and gun lightened to 6lb. 3oz. Choke approx. Cyl & 1/4
11th May 1939: New barrels fitted, choked Imp. Cly. & Mod. Gun weight now 6lb. 6oz.
1952: Both guns appear to have been bought back by us, but there is no record of their resale.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act