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JAMES PURDEY HAMMERLESS EJECTOR GAME GUN BUILT FOR LORD TWEEDMOUTH. SN 15238. (1895) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 30-1/2″ (consignor letter states factory records indicated that gun had 30-1/4″ bbls, so 30-1/2″ is the original length) chopper lump bbls with narrow game rib engraved “J. Purdey & Sons. Audley House. South Audley Street. London.” and “Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid-Pressed Steel”. Bbl flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for 1-1/4 oz of shot (2-3/4″). Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN, left bbl with bbl makers initials, “SS” (Sam Simons). Tube nos. “15622” and “15621” are on loop. Typical Beesley patent, sidelock, self-opening action has been blued and features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), bushed strikers, engraved arrowhead tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers. Action and lockplates are engraved with fine, well cut scroll and rose bouquet highlights in Purdey “house” style, as originated by and in this case probably executed by, long time head engraver J. Lucas. “J. Purdey & Sons” is engraved on each lockplate. Bottom of action is engraved “Purdey’s Patent”. Exceptionally well figured and mottled Circassian walnut straight grip buttstock measures 14″ over ribbed, hard rubber buttplate, and features drop points, point pattern checkering with mullered borders, and a vacant gold oval on toe line. Matching splinter ejector forend has Anson release. Inside of iron is engraved “3” (“3” is also stamped on bridge of water table, but nowhere on bbls) and stamped with actioners initial “H” (Fred Hughes). Bore diameter: left-.733, right -.733. Bore restrictions: left -.008 (IC), right -.000 (Cyl). Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2-1/16″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14″. PROVENANCE: Previous owners letter stating that he went to Purdey’s and read the order book, and that this gun was one of three made for Lord Tweedmouth; has special order wood; and 30-1/4″ bbls, with “game boring”. Letter from Purdey’s regarding the disposition of this gun. Biographical information and political history of Edward Marjoribanks, Second Baron Tweedmouth, 1849 – 1909. CONDITION: Excellent, as refinished. Bbls retain essentially all of a fine satin re-blue, engraving on rib remains sharp. Action blued, and retains 85 – 90% of that blue, silvered on beads and bottom. Engraving is sharp and clear. Stocks retain nearly all of a glossy finish, edges slightly rounded, checkering re-cut. Bores are excellent, smooth, bright, and shiny. Action is tight. Bbls are slightly off face. Ejectors are in time. 4-48836 MGM37 (10,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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