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Rare Purdey 20ga Self-opener with original 29" barrel, cased with accessories - Fantastic shooting dimensions!!!
Beautiful little 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. Made with 29" Whitworth steel chopper lump bbls. Barrel flats are stamped with London nitro proofs for long chamber (LC) and 15/16 oz of shot. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SNs and choke, along with bbl makers initial "W" (Either Joe Watts or Arthur Wilkes). Tube nos 49109 and 49110 are on loop. Small sized Beesley patent self-opening sidelock action features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), hidden third fastener, side clips, bushed strikers, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and dbl triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved in Purdey house style rose and scroll. "J. Purdey & Sons" and "London" are on bottom of action, and "J. Purdey & Sons" is on each lockplate. Blued top lever and trigger guard are also scroll engraved. Trigger guard has unusual long swept tang into "Prince of Wales" grip, which extends to small ebony grip cap. Exceptional well figured and marbled European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock with checkered wood butt. Splinter ejector forend has Anson release, and iron is stamped with actioners initials "J.T" (Joe Thompson).
Orig makers oak and leather case with brass corners and circular central medallion is lined in scarlet cloth. Small Purdey paper label and charge card for this gun, are affixed to lid. Case contains an assortment of accessories including Boss marked horn handled chamber brush, unmarked round pewter oil bottle, along with another round oil bottle, some brass and ebony loading equipment, and bone striker bottle marked for this gun with spare strikers and lock screws. Contemporary accessories include a Purdey marked pull-through field cleaning kit, brass and composition snap caps, striker key, horn handled turnscrews, and another pair of Purdey marked snap caps. Cleaning equipment includes a 2-pc walnut and brass cleaning rod with short handle with brush, mop, and turks head. Also included is another interesting accessory, a small EC Powder Company game record booklet, stamped with Purdey name and address on fly leaf. PROVENANCE: 1911 edition INSTRUCTIONS FOR PURDEY GUNS inscribed with info for this gun. Factory email confirming specifications of this gun, and stating that it was restocked in 1940; Purdey factory letter stating same. Various invoices and letters from noted, but now deceased, gunsmith Alfred Gallifent, and ex-Purdey stocker Paul Hodgins, listing work performed, including restocking, new action guard and cap pins, re-blacking bbls, new cross pin, and re-joint, fitting new drop, etc. Consignors notes.
Overall, the gun remains in excellent condition as partially refurbished. Bbls retain essentially all of a London quality rust blue. Action and lockplates retain traces of orig case hardening color, engraving on fences picked up. Engraving has been cleaned up on trigger guard, which retains nearly all of its new charcoal blue. Exceptionally fine newly made (2005) stocks by Paul Hodgins, retain essentially all of their hand rubbed oil finish, with a few scattered light marks, checkering slightly darkened. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are in time. Case is fine, with some darkening and marks. Newer straps and handle are fine.
This is really an exceptional and rare gun suitable for today's most discerning shooters. This gun is priced at $46,000 plus shipping to your FFL. Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions or reasonable offers on this gun at (704) 280-2382.
Price: $46,000 Buy Now
Shotgun Gauge: 20 Gauge
Manufacturer: James Purdey & Sons
Model: Best Quality
Serial Number: 21171
Barrel Length: 29
Metal Condition: Excellet
Wood Condition: Near mint
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny
Barrels: Sir Joseph Whitworth Fluid Steel
Triggers: Double triggers
Stock Comb: 1-7/16
Stock Heel: 2-5/8
Fore End: Splinter forend W/ Anson release
Butt Pad: Checkered butt
Weight: 6lbs 4oz
Choke Left: .615 with .032 (Full)
Choke Right: .615 with .013(Mod)
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .036
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .034