A cased pair of 12 gauge self-opening sidelock ejector guns by James Purdey & Sons
Serial no. 18572 and 18573, 12 gauge. Each with 30 inch blued side-by-side barrels, the concave ribs marked J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London. Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth's Fluid Pressed Steel, the breeches with scroll-engraved panels and numbered in silver 1 and 2. Single brass beads. Ejectors. Automatic safeties with SAFE in gold. Double triggers. Blued and engraved top levers also numbered 1 and 2 in silver. Signed and casehardened locks and actions with finest rose and scroll engraving. Blued and engraved triggerguards. Checkered splinter fore-ends and straight-gripped stocks of dark, figured walnut. Butts with 1 1/2" leather-covered pads. Complete with original red baize-lined oak and leather case. Interior of lid with Purdey trade label and Charges for Gun label numbered to guns and detailing 2 1/2" chambers. Accessories include sectional cleaning rod, three turnscrews, bone box with extra strikers and oiler.
Condition: Excellent as redone. Barrels with 98% reblued finish showing some light wear to markings. Bright bores with few light marks. Actions/locks with 60-80% partially faded casehardening colors. Triggerguards with 75-85% blue. Stocks and fore-ends showing scattered light marks, both buttstocks with slight hairline cracks behind the upper frame tangs. Case exterior with scattered marks and scuffing. Cleaning rod lacking the extensions. Please note that the guns are out of proof.
Chokes: .008"/.011" (ImpCyl/ImpCyl)-No. 18572 and .010"/.012" (ImpCyl/ImpCyl)-No. 18573.
Pull: 14 3/4 inches.
Chambers: 2 3/4 inches.
Weight: 6 lbs. 12 oz.