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*LOVELY TRADITIONALLY STYLED 28 GAUGE JAMES PURDEY OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 29797. Cal. 28 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Demi-bloc bbls with file cut, narrow, solid rib, are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street. London.” on left side of top bbl. Bottom bbl is stamped with 2000 London nitro proofs for 28 ga. 2-3/4″ chambers at 1200 bar, which is also marked with importer’s name, “Griffin & Howe”. SN is on bottom of bottom bbl. Small, low profile, case hardened, OU action based on Woodward’s design, features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), gold line tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers. Action is engraved with well cut, Purdey “house” style small scroll with rose bouquet highlights. “J. Purdey & Sons” is in scroll flanked device at front of each lockplate, and on bottom of action, in arch above cut for forend iron, with “London. England” below. Case hardened trigger guard is engraved with matching scroll, and SN at grip. Beautifully marbled and figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over checkered wood butt with case hardened steel heel and toe plates which are engraved to match action. Stock features drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and individual initials “B” and “D” inlet on toe line. Matching one piece ejector forend has Anson type release. Bore diameter: top -.547, bottom -.547. Bore restrictions: top -.020 (Full), bottom -.010 (Mod). Wall thickness: top-.031, bottom -.032. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 2 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers leather case with stitched leather corners and single brass latch, is embossed with initials “B. D.” on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth with gold embossed leather Purdey label in lid. Case contains 2-pc rosewood and brass cleaning rod with mop, brush, and jag, striker bottle with spare strikers, pair of turnscrews, pair of snap caps, bench cloth, Purdey “New Gun Maintenance Record” booklet, Purdey marked oil bottle, and brass chamber brush with rosewood handle. PROVENANCE: Orig price quotation and specification chart outlining features and approximate cost when gun was started, of 45,000 pounds without VAT. Estimated delivery was 2 years. CONDITION: Excellent, with evidence of judicial field use. Bbls retain 95% orig blue, silvered slightly on sharp edges, and with a few minor marks, and thinning somewhat at breech, from normal handling. Action retains 40 – 60% orig case hardening color, considerably silvered around bottom of action and on sides, from normal hand wear. Lockplates retain approx 80% of their color, right lock silvered more than left. Trigger guard is silvering at grip, and top lever at thumbpiece. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig “slackum” finish, with a few scattered marks on butt, and around left lock. Checkering is slightly darkened. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case leather is very fine, light in color, with a number of scattered marks. Straps and handle are fine. Interior cloth is excellent, with some slight compressions and light soiling. Accessories are excellent, some still wrapped in their Purdey marked tissue. Up until the year 2000 Purdey’s produced 447 OU guns of Woodward design, very few in 28 ga. and few of those in traditional finish. This fine handling little gun is a joy. 4-48316 MGM41 (60,000-90,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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