A 12-BORE 1863 PATENT (FIRST PATTERN) THUMBHOLE-UNDERLEVER HAMMERGUN, serial no. 7395,
for 1866, 30 1/2in. black powder only bold damascus barrels, rib inscription for the 314 1/2 Oxford Street address (rubbed), 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. in both, pitted, action with slender carved serpentine fences, non-rebounding back-action locks with broad dolphin hammers of pinfire form, the breasts of the hammers striking linked firing pins (left retracting mechanism not engaging), part of Purdey patent no. 424 of 14th February 1865, Purdey 1st pattern long throw thumbhole underlever, patent no. 1104 of 2nd May 1863, the action flat marked 'No. 2', fine border and acanthus scroll engraving, brushed finish, 14in. well-figured stock, fore-end with crosspin release, weight 6lb. 12oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
For: Lord Dalmesse
Description: No. 2 of a pair of centrefire hammer game guns
Choke: Both Cylinder
Stock: 14 3/16in.
Small long hand to stock, chequered end
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act