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*20 GAUGE PURDEY EXTRA FINISH TWO BARREL SET HEAVY PROOF GAME GUN WITH CASE. SN 27697. (1970) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers in 26″ bbls and 3″ chambers in 28″ bbls. Both bbl sets are chopper lump, with raised, narrow, matted game ribs, fitted with two ivory beads, and engraved “J. Purdey & Sons” and “Audley House. South Audley Street. London. England” on tops. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs and bbl makers initials “GW” (George Wood). Tube nos. “70653” “70654” are on loop of 28″ bbls. “70655” and “70656” are on 26″ bbls. Bottom of rear lump of 28″ bbls is engraved “Choke”, and bottom of rear lump of 26″ bbls is engraved “Cylinder”. Coin finished, self-opening action features non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, hidden third fastener, side clips, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers with front trigger checkered and articulated. Front trigger fires left bbl and rear trigger fires right. Triggers are turned for right hand shooter. Action is engraved with large, flowing, shaded, acanthus scroll with strap work highlights in the manner of, and most likely done by, noted engraver, Ken Hunt. No signature found. Fences are deeply relief carved in oak leaf and acorn motif. “J. Purdey & Sons” is in scroll flanked cartouche on each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “J. PURDEY & SONS” “LONDON” “ENGLAND” in lozenge. Single beaded trigger guard has bead correctly placed for right hand shooter. Scroll engraving matches action and SN is at grip. Well marbled and lightly figured European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14-5/8″ over red leather covered pad, and features drop points, standard point pattern checkering, and silver initials “W F F” individually inlet on toe line. Matching beavertail ejector forend has Anson release and fits both sets of bbls. Iron is stamped with long time Purdey actioner’s initials, “B.D” (Ben Delay). 28″ Bbls: Bore diameter: left-.614, right -.617. Bore restrictions: left -.015 (Mod), right -.025 (Full). Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.033. Drop at heel: 1-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. 26″ Bbls: Bore diameter: left-.613, right -.613. Bore restrictions: left -.000 (Cyl), right -.002 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.032. Drop at heel: 1-5/8″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. LOP: 14-5/8″. Makers leather motor case, configured for gun and both sets of bbls, has stitched leather corners, and is embossed with initials “W. F. F.” on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth with three labels in lid; black leather gold embossed makers label, paper charge card for this gun with all specifications, and “correct method of placing gun in case” label. Case contains 2-pc beech and brass cleaning rod with mop, brush and jag in red morocco wallet, a red wallet with action cleaning brushes, another red wallet with Purdey marked snap caps, a black morocco wallet with pull through cleaning equipment, an unmarked striker bottle with spare strikers, a Purdey marked round oil bottle, a 20 ga broken case remover, and two keys. CONDITION: Excellent, with evidence of very limited use. Bbls retain nearly all of their orig blue with a few light pings and scratches. Coin finish of action is excellent, darkening slightly. Stocks show only a few light dents and scratches, mostly on top left side of butt. Checkering is excellent, darkening. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are perfectly timed. Case leather is excellent, with only a few light rubs and marks. Straps and handle are very fine. Interior cloth is excellent, with only a few minor rubs from gun and bbls. Labels are excellent. Charge card is slightly soiled. Accessories are excellent. A very fine all-purpose gun, built by some of Purdey’s oldest and most highly regarded workmen, with some interesting features. 4-49354 MGM242 (35,000-55,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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