London, South Kensington
15 December 2014
A FINE COMPOSED PAIR OF 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR HEAVY GAME GUNS
J. PURDEY & SONS, AUDLEY HOUSE, SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, LONDON, ENGLAND, SERIAL NOS. 26287 & 26348
With 30 in. (76 cm.) signed blacked nitro chopperlump barrels each with raised matt rib, 2 ¾ in. (70 mm) chambers, respectively bored approx. ¼ and ½, and cyl. and ½ choke, blued toplevers respectively numbered '1' and '2', automatic safeties each with gold-inlaid 'SAFE', signed case-hardened side-clipped actions and locks, the latter each with cocking-indicators, blued trigger-guards, best quality bouquet and scroll engraving throughout, well figured 14 ¾ in. stocks each including 5/8 in. horn extension, long 'beaver-tail' fore-ends, and much original finish throughout, weight respectively 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 7 lbs. 3 oz., in makers brass-cornered oak and leather double case
Please note that this gun is a Section 2 shotgun.
The makers have kindly confirmed that No. 26287 was completed in September 1951 for the Columbian War Department and No. 26348 in June 1952 for 'Laserna'. The specification for each gun, including the beaver-tail fore-ends, appears to have been the same with the exception of the choking, but no mention is made in the records of a pairing.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
+44 (0)20 7752 3119
+44 (0)20 7752 3029
The Schøyen Collection houses important important books, manuscripts and related artefacts, including some notorious Shakespeare forgeries that will be offered for sale at Christie's on 11 December
The ‘godmother of performance art’ talks to Christie’s about her groundbreaking new work, ahead of its landmark sale at Christie’s in 2020