Manufactured in 1879 per Nigel Brown's "British Gunmakers Volume One: London". Single brass bead sight on the smooth, concave solid rib which has been hand marked "J. P. Purdey & Son Sidney House South Audley St London Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth Steel", single gold band at either muzzle, scrollwork inside the golden wake of gold inlaid cockerels at either breech, and chambers reproofed in 1967 at 2 1/2 inches with single extractor. The barrels have been sleeved and are marked as such on either barrel near the breech, are marked "W.R." on the flats signifying Westley Richards manufacture. The casehardened sidelock hammer bar-in-wood action features attractive floral scroll engraving with gold borders and several more gold inlaid cockerels and a gold inlaid bust of a dog on the trigger guard. The gun features double triggers and rebounding hammers. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings including the Anson button release and straight grip stock with blank inscription oval and checkered bare butt. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both reproved at .729 inches and measured .731/.730 inches; choke constriction .005/.016 inches; minimum wall thickness .035/.034 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 2 1/4 inch drop at heel; 14 3/8 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs. 8 oz.
Very fine as composed and refinished, retaining 98% plus blue finish on the barrels, 40% case colors, slight plum patina at the chamber sections, and light handling evidence. The wood is also very fine with scattered light dings and scratches and sharp recut checkering. Mechanically excellent.
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