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*JAMES PURDEY HEAVY PROOF LIGHT GAME GUN WITH CLEANING KIT. SN 26428. (1953) Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 26″ Chopper lump bbls with raised, narrow, matted rib, are engraved “J Purdey & Sons.” and “Audley House South Audley Street London. England.” on tops. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with London nitro proofs for 20 ga. 1 oz of shot, and “2-3/4”. Bottoms of bbls are each stamped “Choke” and with SNs. Bbl makers initials “J.A” (J. Aldous) are on left bbl. Tube nos. “65883” and “65884” are on loop. Case hardened, Beesley patent, self-opening, sidelock action features hidden third fastener, side clips, bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, non-automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and Purdey non-selective single trigger. Action and lockplates are engraved in very well cut, small, shaded scroll with rose bouquet highlights in Purdey house style, most probably the work of Ken Hunt who was working exclusively for Purdey’s at the time of manufacture of this gun. “J. Purdey & Sons” is inlaid in flush gold at the front of each lockplate, and engraved on bottom of action with the addition of “London England”. Small bow trigger guard is engraved with classic open scroll, and with SN at grip. Dark, well fiddle figured, and nicely marbled European walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over thin, reddish, leather-covered pad, and features classic point pattern checkering with mullered borders, drop points, and a large vacant gold oval on toe line. Large beavertail ejector forend has Anson release, and actioners initials “B.D” (Ben Delay) are stamped on iron. Bore diameter: left-.615, right -.615. Bore restrictions: left -.025 (I Mod), right -.010 (IC). Wall thickness: left -.032, right -.031. Drop at heel: 1-15/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/16″. Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz. LOP: 14″. Also included is a Purdey mahogany cased cleaning kit, with leather strap handle. Interior is lined in green felt, with small gold embossed Purdey label, containing an array of accessories and cleaning equipment, including 3-pc rosewood and brass cleaning rod, with two brushes, mop, and jag, three unmarked walnut handled turnscrews, two Purdey marked oil bottles, two unmarked striker cases, an unmarked 20 ga stuck case remover, and a pair of Purdey marked 20 bore snap caps, and some cleaning patches, under removable cover with brass knob, marked “James Purdey & Sons”. CONDITION: Excellent. Bbls retain approx 98% orig blue, with a few marks on sides from contact with forend. Action retains 95% orig case hardening color, silvered slightly on beads and fences. Lockplates retain nearly all of their color and original varnish, which has considerably darkened and should be refreshed. Trigger guard is flaking to silver on bow, and has wear at grip. There is some oxidation inside of bow from finger contact. Stock retains most of its orig finish with a number of minor scratches and marks. Leather of recoil pad is beginning to rub and wear through at heel and toe. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Cleaning kit is excellent, some scratches and loss to veneer on cover, accessories, etc. unused. This fine gun, obviously made by long term Purdey gunmakers, is in need of a good cleaning. 4-48989 MGM63 (30,000-50,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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