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SCARCE Cased J Purdey of London Double Rifle in 450 BPE Manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk
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We offer you a “SCARCE” James Purdey of London Double Rifle chambered in .450 BPE that was manufactured in 1868 for the 15th Duke of Norfolk.
There were 312 double rifles produced by Purdey from 1857 to 1880. The number of all original cased rifles is very low making this one a “Scarce” find. The amount of man hours was very high when one of these rifles was made. From the factory letter we know that this rifle was completed in 1868. It was built for the Duke of Norfolk and stocked by John Robertson. The caliber is listed as a 60 bore which is the equivalent to the .450 BPE cartridge. The 15th Duke of Norfolk was Henry Fitzalan-Howard and lived to be 70 years of age, which was quite an accomplishment at that time in history. His history is listed as; 15th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, VD, PC, styled Baron Maltravers until 1856 and Earl of Arundel and Surrey between 1856 and 1860, he was a British Unionist politician and philanthropist.
This J. Purdey .450 “BPE” Black Powder Express Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Double Rifle is all matching with no alterations. The bores are in excellent condition being bright with excellent lands and grooves in the 30” barrels. It has a 3-leaf rear sight with one fixed and two folding blades. Each blade has a Platinum center line and are marked “100, 200 and 250.” The finish shows no signs of rust or pitting with strong pattern colors. The forearm is in very fine condition with no cracks and one chip as shown. The butt stock is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This after 153 years is quite amazing. The receiver shows very fine and detailed engraving as you can see in the pictures. The rifle is tight and obviously has seen very little use over the decades. The rifle functions as it should with no issues. The original oak case has some accessories and the original cleaning rod. The center lock mechanism is missing but both side levers are present. No FFL transfer is needed to transfer this antique. The factory letter will be included.
This will be shipped fully insured UPS Ground to you where allowed with signature required. The rifle will ship in the oak case in a double wall cardboard box that we have manufactured for us so that your gun arrives safe. Shipping cost will be determined by buyer’s location.
Payment to be made by USPS Money Order or Cashier’s Check.
All firearms come with a 3-day inspection from D2D’s.
Rifle Caliber: .450 Black Powder Express