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Lot 1382: Purdey & Sons Two Barrel Combination Set Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

Cased Engraved Purdey & Sons Two Barrel Combination Set Double Barrel Shotgun and Double Rifle with Scope

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $16,000

Cased Engraved Purdey & Sons Two Barrel Combination Set Double Barrel Shotgun and Double Rifle with Scope

Manufacturer: Purdey J & Sons Ltd
Model: SxS
Type: Combination
Gauge: 20/30-06
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 213
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This cased Purdey & Sons is a two barrel set with a matching serial numbered 20 gauge shotgun and a 30-06 rifle barrels. The shotgun barrels have a single brass bead on a solid matte rib, are 28 inches long, chambered for 3 inch shells, choked modified/improved modified, and have an extractor. The top of the right barrel is marked "J PURDEY & SONS" and the left "AUDLEY HOUSE, LONDON". The shotgun barrels have a multi-point checkered beavertail forearm numbered to the gun with engraved hardware. The action and side plates are casehardened and are engraved with fine English scroll patterns. Each side plate is marked "J. PURDEY & SONS". The engraving patterns are also present on the trigger guard, break lever and upper tang, and there is a wedge on the breech end of the barrels. The pistol grip stock is multi-point checkered with a casehardened engraved grip cap, cheek piece and wide pattern checkered bare butt. The double rifle barrel has an identical forearm as the shotgun, is 24-3/8 inches in length, chambered 30-06, with extractor and features a raised ramp blade front sight, quarter rib with claw mount bases and three leaf (two folding) rear sight with gold inlaid sighting lines and marked "50", "150" and "200". The rear of the front sight ramp and front of the quarter rib are engraved with a leaf pattern. The top of the quarter rib is matte and is marked "30 US O6". The top rear of the barrels is marked identically as the shotgun barrels. The rifle barrel is complete with a Supra 1-4x E/S scope with claw mount rings. Both barrels have been sleeved and reproofed The set comes complete in a leather bound oak case with brass corner protectors and hardware, a leather carrying handle, double leather straps and green wool lining. The inside of the lid has a black leather, gold embossed James Purdey & Sons, LTD. label affixed to it. There are also four nickel and two plastic Armsport snap caps for the shotgun and two plastic Traditions 30-06 snap caps for the rifle barrels. Shotgun measurements are bore diameter 9 inches from the breech .626/.628; wall thickness 9 inches from the breech .054/.055; drop at comb 1 9/32 inches; drop at heel 1 29/32 inches; cast 0; toe in 1/4 inches; overall weight is 6 lbs. 7.8 oz. Length of pull is 14 3/8 inches.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. Both sets of barrels, the trigger guard and the forearm hardware retain 99% refurbished blue finish with only slight handling marks. The remaining metal surfaces retain almost all of the factory refurbished bright case colors with a 3/4 in an inch area on the front of the left side plate faded to gray. The refinished wood is also very fine with a few minor bruises on the shotgun forearm, a light scuff on the bottom of the stock at the toe and a few minor dings and dents overall. The rifle barrel forearm is fine with only light handling marks. All of the checkering is very crisp. All markings and engraving are crisp and clear. Mechanically excellent. The scope is near mint with 98% of the finish, light handling marks, a small area of pitting and crystal clear optics. The case is near excellent with a few minor scuffs on the exterior, and there is a small area of the lining that has come loose; otherwise, the lining is excellent.

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