J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 22330,
28in. sleeved nitro barrel barrels retaining original rib, engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL', (very faint), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. choke in both, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, cocking indicators, border, acanthus scroll and floral bouquet engraving, the underside engraved 'J. PURDEY & SON. LONDON.' bright and reblued finish overall, 15in. replacement stock, weight 6lb. 15oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 4th September 1923
For: Viscount Ockham
Description: A hammerless ejector game gun
Weight: 6lb. 8 1/2oz.
Barrels: 29in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Tight Cyl. & Mod.
Stock: 14 3/4 1/16in.
research would indicate Viscount Ockham to be Peter Malcolm King 4th Earl of Lovelace.
He was a British nobleman and politician who was the Earl of Lovelace from 1929 to 1964 as a member of the house of Lords.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act