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Lot 1331: J. Purdey & Sons Self-Opening Sidelock Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Factory Engraved J. Purdey & Sons Self-Opening Sidelock Double Barrel Ejector Shotgun with Case

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

Factory Engraved J. Purdey & Sons Self-Opening Sidelock Double Barrel Ejector Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Purdey J & Sons Ltd
Model: SxS
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 256
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured between 1938 and 1947 according to the chart on page 126 of Nigel Brown's "British Gunmakers Volume One: London". Blued steel dovetailed replacement barrels with a single brass bead sight on the smooth concave solid rib which is marked "J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. ENGLAND.", London nitro proofs, and chambers proved 2 1/2 inches with automatic ejectors. The casehardened self-opening sidelock action displays extensive classic English rose & scroll engraving which extends to the toplever, both tangs, and the triggerguard. The lockplates are both signed "J.PURDEY & SONS." and the underside is marked "J.PURDEY & SONS/LONDON/ENGLAND." The gun features bushed firing pins, a single trigger, and a tang mounted automatic safety with gold inlaid "SAFE". Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings and Anson button release and straight grip stock with teardrop flats and checkered bare butt. Includes a leather bound takedown case with factory trade label and import paperwork. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both proved at .729 inches and measured .735/.736 inches; choke constriction .009/.024 inches; minimum wall thickness .027/.027 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 1 15/16 inch drop at heel; 14 5/8 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 13 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine as factory quality refurbished, retaining 95% blue and casehardened finishes, section turning plum on the triggerguard, and light handling evidence. The wood is very fine with some dings at the toe, scattered light scratches, and crisp checkering. The case is very good. Mechanically excellent.

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