Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3398: Engraved J. Purdey Bar-In-Wood Underlever Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Factory Engraved J. Purdey Bar-In-Wood Underlever Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun with Case and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Factory Engraved J. Purdey Bar-In-Wood Underlever Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun with Case and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Purdey J & Sons Ltd
Model: Hammer
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 30 inch solid rib
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 798
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 257
Class: Antique

The included factory letter confirms the gauge, action type, and barrel length when the gun was completed in 1874 and explains records from this era are sparse. Browned Damascus steel barrels with single bead sight on the smooth concave solid rib which is marked "J. PURDEY, 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET, LONDON." 1981 dated London nitro reproofs, and 2 1/2 inch chambers with extractor. The casehardened bar-in-wood underlever sidelock hammer action displays attractive scroll engraving and features rebounding hammers and double triggers. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered forend with engraved fittings and straight grip stock with "F/W/H" in inscription oval and engraved blue steel buttplate. Includes a leather bound takedown case with Purdey trade label, two snap caps, cleaning tools, and brass oiler. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech both reproofed at .740 inches and measured .745/.742 inches; choke constriction .002/.003 inches; minimum wall thickness .025/.027 inches; 1 1/2 inch drop at comb; 1 7/8 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 13 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, showing 95% plus rebrowned finish on the barrels with clear recut markings, nearly all of the reapplied blue on the triggerguard and lower tang, attractive silver patina on the action and hammers, and overall light handling evidence. The wood is also very fine and appears freshened with a few small handling marks and crisp checkering. The case is fine. Mechanically excellent.

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