32. Extremely Rare and Fine James Purdey Large Bore Percussion Jacob-Rifled Dangerous Game Rifle

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serial #4211, .78 caliber or about 12 bore, 35" octagon barrel with a bright excellent Jacob-rifled bore. This rifle is very impressive in stature, quality and condition. This rifle is listed in Unsworth's The Early Purdeys as follows: "This is the first known four-groove rifle made by Purdey; there may be others that have not come to notice.". The lock features wonderful scroll engraving with "PURDEY" engraved at center and is equipped with a sliding safety mounted to rear of hammer. The barrel tang is engraved in full coverage scroll with a single platinum band at the breech of barrel with bolster showing an engraved platinum blow out plug. The barrel shows the "J. PURDEY 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET LONDON" address on the top flat and shows London proofs and serial number on bottom flat along with the initials "JP". The rifle is equipped with an adjustable set trigger and an engraved round patchbox on right side of butt. The triggerguard is engraved in near full coverage scroll with a checkered steel "pistolgrip". The condition of the rifle is very nice with the barrel retaining a pleasing deep gray brown patina with some damascus pattern still showing in areas. The barrel remains smooth and the barrel address is slightly light but is fully and clearly legible. The lock shows a pleasing mix of faded original color case-hardening and a smooth gray patina with all engraving remining very sharp. The triggerguard retains about 75% original blue with some flaking to brown. The stock is of nicely figured English walnut and features a flared shadowline cheekpiece and a checkered steel shotgun style buttplate. The condition of the stock is excellent with 95% original finish remaining and with sharp checkering on the wrist. The wedge escutcheons are fully scroll engraved as is the large sling stud in toeline of stock. The checkered steel shotgun style buttplate has an engraved tang and screws. The rifle is sighted with a fine low profile beaded blade front and a single standing, four folding leaf express rear sight; what appears to be the original brass tipped ramrod is included with the rifle. Jacob rifling was an improvement of the Brunswick rifling which consisted of two deep grooves which were cast into the bullet and fit into the rifling when loading. The Jacob system used the same mechanical rifling cast into the bullet but with four grooves so the circumference of the bullet is symmetrical which produces improved accuracy. The rifle comes with a modern mold to cast these mechanical bullets along with about 65 cast lead projectiles. The mold is drilled for a hollow point insert and all cast bullets are hollow point but the insert is no longer present. This is an extremely rare, very fine and substantial twelve-plus-pound dangerous game rifle by one of the World's finest and most prestigious gunmakers. (18812-1) {ANTIQUE} (6000/8000) SOLD FOR $5,750.00

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