50. Superb James Purdey Best Quality Assisted Opening Sidelock Double Ejectorgun Two-Barrel Set

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serial #28069 (1977), 20 bore, 27'' barrels choked half & full (marked 60% & 70%) and 25'' barrels choked improved cylinder and modified (marked 50% & 65%) all with mirror bores. Both sets of barrels are properly London proofed with 2 3/4'' chambers. This shotgun features an original single non-selective trigger, automatic safety, cocking indicators, dual underlugs and a hidden third fastener with sideclips. The gun is game scene engraved in deep relief by Purdey engraver Danny O'Brien who worked at Purdey's for 20 years and apprenticed under Ken Hunt at Audley House. The engraving shows two grouse taking flight on right lock and three quail taking flight on left lock both in pasture and wooded scenes; O'Brien's signature appearing on the lower left lock.. The balance of the action is engraved with tight English rose and scroll. Both sets of barrels feature narrow raised matted ribs and are marked with the Audley House address, ejectors are in-time and function flawlessly. The gun is stocked with a fabulous piece of English walnut with checkered straight grip, pronounced dropper points and a splinter forend. The condition of the gun is virtually as-new. Both sets of barrels retain 99% original blue finish with polished breech faces and lugs. The action and locks retain 99% plus original color case-hardened finish which remains brilliant. The triggerguard shows 99% bright original blue with no wear evident. The gun comes in its original luggage style case with makers label on interior lid along with the original spec and load card. Included in the case are the original cleaning rod and leather pouch with implements, a small tin containing a pair of extra firing pins, snap caps and an oil bottle. The condition of the case is near new as is the entire set. Minimum wall thickness in both sets of barrels is .030'' and in most areas are .035'' or better. The gun handles beautifully weighing just over 5 1/2 pounds and with a 15'' length of pull over its checkered butt and with drops of 1 1/2'' and 2''. Included with the shotgun is a 2002 dated leter to Mr. Falvey from Purdey's stating the gun was completed in 1977 and the extra barrels are indeed original to the gun. The letter also states that O'Brien was a 20 year Purdey employee that apprenticed under Ken Hunt. Also included in the case is a City of New York Firearm Registration Certificate dated 9/8/88 showing the gun transferring from Abercombie & Fitch to a Harvey L. Pokrass of New York City. A gold monogram plate in the toeline of stock remains plain while the lid of the case is embossed ''H.L.P.''. If ordered today from Purdey, this shotgun would cost well in excess of $100,000 and delivery would be 18-24 months. A great opportunity for the astute double collector to take ownership of a virtually as-new small bore best quality Purdey at a fraction of its replacement cost. (18963-143) {MODERN} [Tim Falvey Collection] (30,000/50,000) Sold For 33350.00

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