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3269
$27,600.00

*SCARCE JAMES PURDEY HEAVY PROOF 3″ GAME GUN WITH CASE AND ACCESSORIES.

SN 26351. (1952) Cal. 12 ga. 3″ Chambers. 30″ Chopper lump bbls with hand matted, slightly raised game rib are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons” and “Audley House South Audley Street. London. England.” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/2 oz of shot and “3””. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs, choke, and bbl makers initials “JA” (J Aldous). Tube nos. “65609” and “65610” are on loop. Case hardened, Beesley patent, self-opening sidelock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), hidden third fastener, side clips, bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and dbl triggers. Action is engraved with well cut Purdey house style rose and scroll. “J. Purdey & Sons” is at the bottom of each lockplate and on bottom of action over “London” and “England”. Trigger guard with open scroll on bow has SN on tang. Nicely figured and marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 15-1/4″ over checkered wood butt, and features typical drop points, point pattern checkering, and a gold oval on toe line engraved “R. W. From M. S. W.” “1952”. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Actioners initial “R” (J. Rogers) is stamped on iron. Bore diameter: left -.730, right – .730. Bore restrictions: left – .041 (extra full), right – .022 (mod). Wall thickness: left – .033, right – .036. Drop at heel: 2-5/16″, drop at comb: 1-5/8″. Cast: approx 1/2″ off. Weight: 7 lbs. 11 oz. LOP: 15-1/4″. High quality leather case with stitched leather corners is embossed “ROBERT WINTHROP” “OLD WESTBURY” “NEW YORK” on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth and has gold embossed black leather Purdey label in lid. Case contains A&F marked square oil bottle, one Purdey marked snap cap, one unmarked, two horn handled turnscrews, ebony handled striker key, and 2-pc brass and ebony cleaning rod with mop, turks head and jag. CONDITION: Excellent, original, as found. Bbls retain approx 90 – 95% orig blue with a number of light marks, thinning a bit on sides, silvering along edges of rib. Action retains 40 – 50% orig case hardening color, silvered on beads, fences, and bottom. Lockplates retain over 90% of their orig color which is rather dark. Screws show some use. Top lever and trigger guard are somewhat silvered. Stocks retain most of their orig finish with numerous scratches and marks. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Drop is good, but down a bit. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Case leather is fine with some marks, scuffs, and light soiling. Straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is good, a bit moldy. Accessories and label are good. An unusual, well made gun from the 1950’s. 50947-1 MGM267 (15,000-25,000) C&R – Lot 3269

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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