J. PURDEY & SONS
A PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 15973/4,
30in. nitro chopperlump barrels (no.1 replacements by the maker in 1993, no.2 original nitro reproved Whitworth-steel), the ribs engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON.' (no.1), and 'J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL' (no.2, faint), and with '1' and '2' at the breech-ends, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke and imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke, automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, removable striker discs, arrow cocking indicators, best fine acanthus scroll and bouquet engraving, brushed bright and re-blued finish overall, 15 1/4in. replacement stocks, weight 6lb. 14oz. (no.1) and 6lb. 11oz. (no.2), in their leather double motorcase
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: October 1897
For: Sir Cameron Gull
Description: A pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 10oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth steel
Choke: Cylinder & Modified
Stock: 14 1/4in.
No. 1 out in black, September 1897. No. 2 finished, 8th October 1897
No. 1 finished 11 May 1898
18th March 1902: Bruises repaired in both barrels, particularly in No. 1
4th January 1922: Guns now property of Sir Richard Gull, Bt
2nd September 1936: No. 1 restocked to central vision (1in. cast off at heel), 14 3/8in. and fitted with a Silver's recoil-pad
August 1966: 15973 - Stock shortened to 15 1/4in. on account of G. McCorquodale
October 1971: 15973 - restocked, forend restocked, and new cross pin fitted.
Sir William Cameron Gull, 2nd Baronet, OBE, JP (6 January 1860 – 15 December 1922), known as Sir Cameron Gull, was a barrister and Liberal Unionist politician in England, who served for five years as a member of parliament (MP).
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act