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*JAMES PURDEY EXTRA FINISH ROUND BODY OVER-UNDER GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 27682. (1969) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 28″ Demi-bloc bbls with narrow, matted, ventilated rib mounted with two ivory beads, are engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street. London. England.” on left side of top bbl. Right side of top bbl and flat of bottom bbl are stamped with London nitro proofs for 2-3/4″ chambers. Bottom of bottom bbl is stamped with SN, tube nos. “70703 4”, and bbl makers initials “EC” (Ted Comben). Case hardened, low profile, O/U action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), rounded bar, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers. Action and lockplates are engraved with exceptionally well cut and shaded, large, scrolled acanthus with strap work highlights, a pattern often used by noted engraver Ken Hunt. The quality of execution of this engraving would lead one to believe that indeed he was the engraver, however no signature can be found. “J. Purdey & Sons” is in scroll framed cartouche on each lockplate, as well as on bottom of action above cut for forend iron, where it is over “London. England.” Single beaded trigger guard has matching scroll, and SN on tang, which extends to composition grip cap inset with vacant large gold oval. Nicely stump figured and lightly marbled European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over dark brown leather covered pad. Stock features Monte Carlo comb, drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and “H H” individually inlet in gold on toe line. One piece matching beavertail ejector forend has Anson release and actioner’s initials “H B” on iron. Bore diameter: top -.731, bottom -.731. Bore restrictions: top -.042 (Extra Full), bottom -.009 (IC). Wall thickness: top-.032, bottom -.030. Drop at heel: 2-3/8″, rear of Monte Carlo: 1-11/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers leather motor case with stitched leather corners is gold embossed on top “Hugh Halff Jr.” Interior is lined in burgundy cloth with small gold embossed black leather Purdey label, and paper charge card for this gun, on lid. Case contains 2-pc beechwood and brass cleaning rod with red morocco leather wallet containing brush, mop, and jag, another leather wallet with two action cleaning brushes, and another red morocco container with a pair of Purdey marked snap caps, a black leatherite wallet with a pull through cleaning kit, an unmarked striker bottle with spare strikers, 12 ga. broken case extractor, and an unmarked square oil bottle. CONDITION: Excellent, near new, with only a few light handling marks in wood or metal. Leather on toe of recoil pad is somewhat scuffed. Bores are excellent. Mechanically crisp. Case leather has a few minor marks and scuffs. Straps and handle are very fine. Interior cloth is excellent, with some light compressions. Labels are excellent. Accessories are excellent. 4-49355 MGM244 (35,000-55,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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