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J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 12407,
30in. nitro reproved replacement barrels (by another), rib engraved 'PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE SOUTH AUDLEY STREET LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID PRESSED STEEL' (sic, spurious), and gold-inlaid '2' at the breech end, 2 3/4in. chambers, bored approx. 1/2 and 3/4 choke, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, toplever gold-inlaid '2', automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, conversion from non-ejector (by the makers in 1921), cocking-indicators, gold-washed triggers, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining much renewed colour-hardening and finish, 14 3/8in. figured replacement Prince of Wales semi-pistolgrip stock with pistolgrip-cap and buttplate, replacement fore-end wood, weight 6lb. 6oz., in a lightweight leather motor case

Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:

Completed: July 1886
For: Colonel J.C. Brown
Description: A pair of hammerless non-ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 13 1/4oz.
Calibre: 12-bore
Barrels: [Not recorded]
Choke: Plain & Choke
Stock: 14 3/8in.
Notes:
Action with 3rd grip
Safety on tumblers
Whitworth Steel barrels
Colonel Brown is noted as having died, January 1907
Pistolgrips were fitted to both guns in 1914
June 1919: Purchased from Brigadier General H.C. Brown, and resold to Sir Archibald Gold. They were also reproofed at the same time
July 1921: Altered to ejector

James Clifton Brown JP (13 February 1841 – 5 January 1917) was a British Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP).

He was the second son of Alexander Brown and his wife Sarah Benedict Brown, daughter of James Brown. His paternal grandfather was the banker and merchant Sir William Brown, 1st Baronet, and his younger brother the Liberal politician Sir Alexander Brown, 1st Baronet Brown was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts.

He was elected to the House of Commons at a by-election in 1876 for Horsham in Sussex, and held the seat until his defeat at the 1880 general election. Brown served as Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st Lancashire Royal Garrison Artillery and on his retirement in 1884, was granted the rank of an honorary Colonel of the 2nd Brigade, Lancashire Division. He was a Justice of the Peace and in 1888, he was appointed High Sheriff of Sussex


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Estimate £3,000-5,000

S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act




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