J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 16211 / 2,
28in. Krupp-steel nitro reproved chopperlump barrels, the ribs engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON.', and '1' and '2' at the breech ends, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in all, toplevers engraved '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed finish overall, 14 3/4in. well-figured stocks including wooden buttplates (crack to left underhorn No.2), small cracks to fore-end woods, weight 6lb. 8oz., in their brass-cornered oak and leather case, the lid outer marked 'H.M. CAIRNES'
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 29th July 1898
For: H.M. Cairnes
Description: A pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 14 1/2oz.
Barrels: 30in. (material not recorded - Damascus?)
Choke: Plain & Mod.
Stock: 14 9/16in.
20th October 1930: Stock adjusted and extended to 14 7/8in.
October 1932: Barrels shortened to 28in., rechoked both Mod. Guns lightened to 6lb. 8oz.
Mr Hugh Montgomery Cairnes (1868-1954) was a consummate sportsman who turned his hand to many disciplines, a fine horseman, shot and fisherman, he played rackets for Marlborough and was in the first class of lawn tennis in Ireland in the great days of Pym and Stoker. His chief sporting interest was golf however, winning the Irish Amateur Championship in 1907 and was runner up three times. He was also runner up in the 1908 Irish Open Championship.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act