* J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 15650,
30in. black powder only Whitworth-steel chopperlump barrels, the rib engraved 'J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH'S FLUID-PRESSED STEEL', 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. true cyl. and 1/2 choke, some dents left tube, treble-grip action with hidden third bite, removable striker discs, automatic safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, retaining traces of original colour-hardening, 13 1/2in. figured stock with sling swivel insert, weight 7lb. 2oz., in a brass-cornered oak and leather case with Purdey label and charges label for gun No. 15649
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 29th October 1896
Description: No. 2 of a pair of hammerless ejector game guns
Weight: 6lb. 14 1/2oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & Modified
Stock: 14 3/8in.
Eyes for sling let into stock
Apteds safety on scears and triggers
May 1897: Horn heel plate fitted to increase stock length to 14 1/2in.
This pair were completed on 29th October 1896 for Baron Guiseppe Sartorio. They were in separate cases and the pair cost £184 16s. Baron Sartorio was born in 1838 into a wealthy family. He was a passionate collector of art, paintings and furniture and housed them in his mansion in Trieste. In addition, he held important public and diplomatic offices. At the time of his death in 1910 he donated his collection to Trieste and today his mansion is open to the public complete with its original contents.
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S2 - Sold as a Section 2 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act