A pair of 12-bore sidelock non-ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11859/60
Lot 151S2
A pair of 12-bore sidelock non-ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11859/60
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,503) inc. premium
Auction Details
A pair of 12-bore sidelock non-ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11859/60
Lot Details
A pair of 12-bore sidelock non-ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11859/60
The ribs engraved '1' and '2', the treble-grip action-bodies with concealed third-bites, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, cocking-indicators, articulated front-triggers, well-figured stocks (No. 1 shortened, slight line behind right lockplate, No. 2 cracked at top left horn, behind right lockplate and to right of trigger-guard tang), No. 1 with horn butt-plate (No. 2 forend chipped), the sleeved barrels (No. 1 loose on action) with game-ribs
Weight 6lb. 11¼oz. (No. 1) and 6lb. 12½oz. (No. 2), 14¾in. pull (14¼in. stock) (No. 1) and 14½in. stock (No. 2), 28in. barrels, approx. cyl. & ½ choke (No. 1) and I.C. & ½ choke (No. 2), 2½in. chambers, Birmingham nitro reproof (No. 1 left barrel-thickness below recommended minimum)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Given to J. MacArthur, Head Keeper at Leadhills Moors, by Sir Charles Hambro in 1934 after a record season where 8330 grouse were taken, with 941 birds taken on a single drive of the Glencaple Beat on 27th August that year

    The makers have kindly confirmed that the guns were completed in 1884 for Everard Hambro Esq.

    Sir Everard Alexander Hambro KCVO (1842-1925)
    The youngest son of Baron Charles Hambro, he was born only three years after his father founded C.J. Hambro & Son, the merchant bank he was eventually to lead. He was educated at J.P. Clover's school in Roehampton and later at Trinity College, Cambridge, marrying his first wife, Mary Stuart in 1863 and joining the family business a year later, becoming a partner in 1869 and senior partner upon his father's death in 1877. His time at the bank was successful, raising it to become one of London's largest houses. He was heavily involved in foreign loans, working in concert with Barings to break the Rothschild monopoly on Italian government loans. From the 1870's through to his death he built a reputation as a philanthropist, opening an orphanage in Roehampton in 1873 and playing a part in the foundation of the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses in 1886. In 1892 he suffered from a bout of ill health which kept him from business for several years, returning in the mid-1890's until the death of his wife in 1905 caused him to retreat to his Milton Abbey estate in Dorset, where he developed his interest in shooting. In December 1909 a royal shooting party of ten guns shot 1300 pheasants over the course of three days. In 1912 he married Ebba Whyte, whom he had met whilst in Biarritz, and during the First World War returned to the City, working closely with Scandinavian trade relations. In 1920 the bank merged with the British Bank of Northern Commerce, and he became its first chairman, a post he held until his death five years later.
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