A VERY FINE 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN
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A VERY FINE 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN

J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210

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A VERY FINE 12-BORE TOPLEVER LIVE PIGEON HAMMERGUN
J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, SERIAL NO. 22210
With 32 in. (81.3 cm.) blacked signed nitro chopperlump Whitworth steel barrels with raised matt rib, 2 ¾ in. (70 mm) chambers, bored approx. full and full choke, signed action with side-clipped carved percussion fences, gold-washed strikers, and signed rebounding locks, the action, toplever, locks, hammers, trigger-guard and fore-end iron finely engraved throughout with foliate scrollwork and retaining virtually all their original deep blued finish, highly figured 14 ½ in. stock with chequered butt, the underside of the butt inlaid with pierced gold escutcheon engraved with the Spanish Royal Arms, the heel of the comb inlaid with a gold escutcheon engraved 'PRIZE PRESENTED TO THE TIRO - PICHON DE MADRID BY J. PURDEY & SONS WON BY H.M. KING ALFONSO XIII MAY 1921', weight 7 lbs. 10 oz., in its original brass-cornered oak and leather gun case with some accessories
Please note that this hammergun is a Section 2 shotgun.
Provenance
The makers have kindly confirmed that this gun was completed in March 1922 for King Alfonso XIII of Spain.
Special notice

These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction.

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Lot Essay

It is probable that the great Harry Kell engraved this gun.

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