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*SPECTACULAR HIGH RELIEF ENGRAVED J. PURDEY & SONS DELUXE SIDE LOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN. SN 18218. Cal. 12ga. 2-1/2″ Chamber. Double trigger. Automatic safety. 28″ Chopper lump steel bbls are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street. London. England.” on narrow concave game rib. Bbl flats show post 1925 London nitro proofs for 2-1/2″ chambers and 1-1/8oz shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped “Choke” and SN “18218” (1906). Loop is stamped w/ tube nos. “63287” and “63288”. Barrel makers mark “J.A.” (J. Aldous) is stamped beside splinter. Bottom rib is engraved “Made of Special Super Nickel Steel” in front of forend. Purdey records indicate that extra barrels were fitted in July 1937. Action has dual under lugs, hidden third fastener, and bushed strikers. Heavily chased all over w/ very high relief acanthus scroll and American game birds. All metal parts are extremely well executed, and thought to be the work of Barre though the engraver is not recorded in factory records. This particular gun is pictured in “Modern Shotguns and Loads” by Capt. Charles Askins, published in 1929 under heading of examples of English engraving w/ note: “Purdey guns from the stock of Von Lengerke and Detmold, New York City.” Purdey name and address do not appear on lock plates, but are engraved on the water table. Left lock plate depicts a Ruffed grouse surrounded by wheat stalks, and large high relief floral acanthus scroll w/ finely stippled background. Right lock plate depicts a woodcock; Bottom of action has a snipe; Fences have two opposed game birds; Opening lever, a squirrel; Safety button, a satyr’s face. Trigger guard shows a running rabbit, and SN inlaid in gold on back of bow. Tumbler ends have gold arrow cocking indicators. Remainder of engraving is extremely high quality wheat, fruit and ribands, and defies description. Darkly mottled Circassian walnut semi pistol grip buttstock measures 14-1/2″ over checkered wood butt, w/ initials “WBS” individually inlaid in gold on toe line. Stock features typical Purdey drop points, and 22 LPI checkering w/ mullered borders. Purdey records indicate gun was re-stocked October 1936 to its present specifications. Anson release splinter forend is checkered to match buttstock, and steel tip is relief engraved w/ birds head emerging from wheat stalks. Iron is stamped w/ SN and initials “WN” (Wesley Nobbs, a Purdey actioner). Included is a copy of a fax from Purdey’s listing specs on this gun. Bore diameter: left -.731, right -.732. Bore restrictions: left -.032, right -012. Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.032. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs 12oz. CONDITION: Extremely fine. Bbls retain 95% of orig black w/ areas of scattered light pin prick pitting. Breech ends show original polishing marks. Bbl flats show polishing to highlight proof marks. Action retains virtually all its orig coin finish. Hinge pin has most of orig bright blue. Striker bushings show most of their fire blue w/ few wipe marks from ejectors. Stocks retain most all of orig oil finish w/ few scattered handling marks. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny w/ no visible imperfections. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Although this style of engraving may be in vogue today, it is extremely unusual to find it in a gun of this period. Absolutely unique. 4-35816 MGM89 (60,000-70,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2008
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