A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label

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Lot 103S2
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2
In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label

Sold for £ 22,562 (US$ 29,465) inc. premium
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2
Toplevers, ribs and forends numbered '1' and '2', the sideplates engraved with scenes of flighting ducks over a pond, the undersides with a quail, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, cocking-indicators, well-figured replacement stocks (no. 2 with hairline crack to forend), the chopper-lump barrels with game-ribs engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England
Weight 6lb. 4oz. (No. 1) & 6lb. 6oz. (No. 2), 15⅛in. (No. 1) & 15¼in. (No. 2) stocks, 28in. barrels, all approx ¼ choke, 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof
In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label

Footnotes

  • The makers have kindly confirmed that the guns were completed in May 1937 for Joseph Pulitzer with special engraving by Kell to include flying ducks on locks, quail on underside with the makers name and address on the action flats.

    Joseph Pulitzer III was the grandson of the famous newsman Joseph Pulitzer. For 31 years he chaired the board of the Pulitzer Prize that had been inaugurated in 1917 by his grandfather's endowment to Yale University. He was also a publisher and was the chairman of the Pulitzer Publishing Company for 31 years.

    No. 1 right ejector defective
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A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label
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