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SN 15614. (1896) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 29″ Chopper lump bbls with slightly swamped, narrow game rib are engraved “James Purdey & Sons.” and “Audley House South Audley Street London. Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Pressed Steel”. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs and re-proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers. Re-proofs are at .740. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs and bbl makers initials “SS” (Sam Simons). Tube nos “17906” and “17907” are on loop. Coin finished, Beesley patent self-opening, sidelock action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, engraved arrowhead tumbler end cocking indicators, and single non-selective trigger, engraved on trigger plate “Boss’s Patent” and “No 11278”. It is interesting to note that lockplate screws are fitted with lock screws. Action is engraved in well cut, classic, house style rose and scroll. “J. Purdey & Sons” is on each lockplate and “Purdey’s Patent” is on bottom of action. Gun is number “1” of a pair with “1” engraved on top lever, rear of rib, and on forend iron. Single beaded small bow trigger guard has “A C” monogram under a count’s crown on bow, and SN on tang. (Factory records indicate shotgun was made for Count A. Casteja). Nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 13-7/8″ over Silver type pad, and features typical drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders at grip, and vacant silver oval on toe line. Matching semi-beavertail long ejector forend has Anson release (Factory records indicate that this forend was made at time of re-proof in 1964). Actioners initials “SP” (Sol Prentice) are on iron. Bore diameter: left -.736, right – .725. Bore restrictions: left – .024 (mod), right – .005 (IC). Wall thickness: left – .020, right – .023. Drop at heel: 2-1/4″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Cast: approx 1/4″ off. Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 13-7/8″. Old oak and leather case with brass corners is embossed “H. R. Dorrington” on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth, and has new paper Purdey label in lid. Case contains 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with mops, brush, etc., small dusting brush, square brass oil bottle, pair of snap caps, and an empty can of rangoon oil. PROVENANCE: Factory email with information about this gun. CONDITION: Good, as refurbished. Bbls retain 90% of a fine quality re-black, possibly applied at time of re-proof. Engraving somewhat washed. Action is presently coin finished and shows considerably striations on bottom. Re-blue of top lever and trigger guard are somewhat silvered. Buttstock retains most of an old oil refinish, edges somewhat rounded. Sling swivel has been removed from toe line and plugged. There are 1/2″ stress cracks behind each lockplate. Newly made factory forend wood retains nearly all of its orig finish. Bores are excellent. There is evidence of dent removal on side of left bbl about 14″ from breech end. Action is slightly loose. Bbls are off face. Drop is down despite shortening of forend iron. Ejectors are strong and in time. Trigger works. Case leather is still relatively light in color with numerous scratches, marks and rubs. Interior cloth has slight insect damage with soiling and rubs, some through. Accessories are good. 51005-3 MGM208 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3274

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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