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Sold by James D. Julia auctions on October 2007 for : $43,125.00

PURDEY DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN SN 23410. Cal. 12 ga. Wonderful Purdey with 30” Whitworth Steel bbls choked FULL/MOD with tapered concave smooth rib, sgl bead, ejectors, third fastener, dbl chopper lumps and dbl triggers. Rib has maker’s name & address with the “WHITWORTH STEEL” markings. Rib has a deep cartouche near breech end. It has standard Purdey sidelock receiver with cocked indicators, side clips and a thin raised rib around back radius of fences and it has assisted opening. Lockplates & receiver are beautifully engraved in standard Purdey patterns of very fine English rose & scroll patterns with bouquets of flower blossoms & maker’s name on each lockplate. Fences & bottom of receiver also have bouquets of flowers with another on forend iron. All appended metal is engraved to match and it has “SAFE” in gold on top tang. Mounted with very nicely figured, streaky, tiger striped French walnut with checkered splinter forearm & straight hand stock with raised teardrop side panels, 14-3/8” over a checkered butt. Accompanied by an early leather leg-o-mutton case containing a 1-pc ebony & brass cleaning rod with handle & a jag in a compartment inside lid. Inside forend iron is an engraved “2” signifying that this is the number “2” gun of a set. That explains the cartouche on the bbl rib and also an engraved pattern on opening lever. When set was separated, someone removed the numbers “2” from bbls and opening lever. Bore diameter: left - .732, right - .730. Bore restrictions: left - .045, right - .021. Wall thickness: left - .031, right - .029. Drop at heel: 2-1/8”, drop at comb: 1-1/2”. Weight: 7 lbs. 5.44 oz. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbls retain about all of their fine orig Purdey blue with only slight muzzle & breech end edge wear. Receiver & lockplates retain about all of their orig case colors, moderately faded on fences and bottom, strong & bright on lockplates and in sheltered areas on bottom of receiver. Opening lever & trigger guard with lower tang retain virtually all of their glossy bright blue. Cocked indicator on right lockplate also retains about all of its glossy bright blue. Wood is sound with a minor scratch or two with forearm retaining about all of its fine Purdey oil finish and buttstock retaining a fine, very high quality professionally restored finish from checkering back. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bores. Case shows heavy wear with repaired hinge and broken closure strap, missing shoulder strap with open seam in toe. 4-31618 JR488 (15,000-25,000)

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