A fine 12-bore bar-in-wood sidelock hammer gun by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11042
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A fine 12-bore bar-in-wood sidelock hammer gun by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11042
Sold for £8,500 (US$ 14,286) inc. premium
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Lot Details
A fine 12-bore bar-in-wood sidelock hammer gun by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 11042
Action-flat and forend numbered '1', toplever, treble-grip action-body with concealed third-bite, rebounding sidelocks, percussion fences, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, highly-figured stock (shortened), wood extension, the barrels with scroll-engraved breech-ends and with game-rib engraved J. Purdey & Sons, 314½ Oxford Street, London, Made Of Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid-Pressed Steel
Weight 6lb. 10oz, 14¾in. pull (14¼in. stock), 30in. barrels, approx. cyl. & 5/8 choke, 2½in. chambers, Birmingham nitro reproof

Footnotes

  • The makers have kindly confirmed that this is the No. 1 of a pair of guns completed in 1882 for a Mr. Nordenfelt. It seems very likely that this was Thorsten Nordenfelt (1842-1920) a Swedish banker, inventor and industrialist who founded the Nordenfelt Guns and Ammunition Company manufacturers of the famous Nordenfelt mechanical or machine gun of up to twelve barrels designed by the Swedish engineers Heldge Palmcrantz in around 1873. A ten-barrelled example was sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms, Armour and Modern Sporting Guns..., 1st December 2009, lot 462 (£72,000 including premium). Other inventions of Nordenfelt's include a series of steam-powered submarines, which included the 'Abdülhamid', built for the Ottoman Navy in 1884, the first submarine in history to fire a torpedo whilst submerged under water
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