A Fine 11-Bore Percussion Double-Barrelled Live-Pigeon Gun
With browned sighted twist damascus 31inch barrels, the top-rib signed ‘J. PURDEY, 314 1/2 OXFORD STREET, LONDON’, platinum line and engraved vented plugs to breech, colour hardened scroll engraved tang, borderline and scroll engraved colour-hardened locks signed ‘PURDEY’, scroll engraved colour hardened dolphin-headed hammers, chequered walnut half-stock with applied padded leather cheek-piece, blued iron furniture and no provision for ramrod, the whole retaining a remarkable amount of original finish.
Provenance: According to the makers this shotgun was completed in 1867 for an unknown client as a double-barrelled percussion gun of 11-bore weighing 7lb. 2oz. and with no provision for ramrod.
Literature: “The Early Purdeys” by L. Patrick Unsworth p. 270. This gun appears to be one of the last “early Purdey” muzzle loaders still extant. It handles beautifully.