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SN 28677. (1983) Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Chopper lump bbls are fitted with flat, matted, narrow rib. Tops of bbls are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons” “Audley House, South Audley Street, London. England”. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs (date unreadable) for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs and bottom of left bbl with bbl makers initials “ML”. Tube nos. “75941” and “75942” are on loop. Importers name and address (Buckhorn) are on splinter. Scaled down, Beasley patent self-opening sidelock action with rounded bar, features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and single non-selective trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved with near full coverage semi-relief, broad, scrolling acanthus with large floral highlights. “J. Purdey & Sons” is inlaid in flush gold English script on scrolled riband at the front of each lockplate. Scroll on bottom of action surrounds circular vignette of a pair of wood pigeons sitting on branch under “J. Purdey & Sons” “London” in gold. Fences are full relief carved in broad acanthus matching theme on action. Matching acanthus extends to blued top lever and small bow trigger guard with SN on tang, which extends to hard rubber grip cap. Dark, heavily marbled and nicely figured European walnut capped ‘Prince of Wales” grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over checkered wood butt, and features classic drop points and point pattern checkering with mullered borders that wraps over top of grip. Matching small beavertail ejector forend has Anson release. Iron is stamped with actioners initials “B.D” (Ben Delay). Bore diameter: left -.550, right – .550. Bore restrictions: left – .012 (mod), right – .008 (IC). Wall thickness: left – .028, right – .034. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-9/16″. Cast: approx 1/2″ off. Weight: 5 lbs. 9oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, as partially refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a London quality re-black. Action retains 60 – 70% orig case hardening color, silvered on edges and fences, thinning on bottom from normal hand wear. Lockplates retain 70 – 80% of their orig color. Top lever is slightly silvered on thumbpiece. Forend iron, trigger plate, and trigger guard retain essentially all of a sympathetic re-black. Stocks retain essentially all of a fine hand rubbed glossy oil finish, checkering competently re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Drop is good. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. A wonderful, light and lively quail or woodcock gun with enough finish wear that a few seasons in the field will not be a detriment. 50401-3 MGM184 (50,000-80,000) – Lot 3263

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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