UNUSUAL PURDEY BAR IN WOOD HAMMER SHOTGUN. SN 10321. (1878) Cal. 12 Bore. 2-3/4″ Chambers (Original). 30″ Damascus bbls are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. 314-1/2. Oxford Street. London.” on narrow concave game rib. “Choke” is engraved at breech end. Bbl flats show London proofs for 12 bore with 13 bore muzzles. SN is stamped on bottoms of bbls. Barrel makers initials “EH” (E. Hodges) are on bottom of left bbl. Typical bar in wood action has unusual snap “Daw Lever” (Push forward), nicely filed fences, and is engraved “Patent” on top of breech. Bar action rebounding locks with serpentine hammers are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons”. Trigger plate terminates with small teat. SN is engraved on trigger guard tang. This unusual gun is best quality, but with plain finish. Dark, dense, lightly figured and streaked European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-7/8″ over almost perfectly matching 2-3/4″ wood extension with checkered butt, that has mullered borders, and correct Purdey bump. There is a silver oval on toe line with monogram “GSB” (Factory records state shotgun was made for “General G. Brown”). Stock also features drop points and 18 LPI checkering with mullered borders. Matching splinter forend has Anson release. Bore diameter: left -.730, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.024, right -.024. Wall thickness: left -.023, right -.031. Drop at heel: 2-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz, LOP 14-7/8″. PROVENANCE: Copy of email from Purdey’s with particulars of this gun. CONDITION: Very good. Bbls retain a good deal of their original brown with some areas of pitting, and a few minor marks at left side of breech. Action and lock plates retain 10-20% original case color in protected areas, mostly turning to gray brown. Stocks are solid and retain most of their original finish augmented through the years with added oil. Checkering is worn. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Bores are mostly bright and shiny, but with a few minor pits throughout. Right bbl has some areas of more noticeable pits toward breech, with the exception of the butt extension. This unusual gun has not been messed with, and should make a great shooter. 4-38901 MGM76 (7,500-12,500)
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