October 30 - November 2, 2018 Firearms, Militaria, & Sporting
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(1911) This very unusual extra heavy gun has two sets of 30" barrels, both with flat matted pigeon ribs. Tops are engraved "J Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London." and "Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth's Fluid Pressed Steel". Barrel flats are stamped with London nitro proofs; 12 gauge barrels for 2 - 3/4" chambers, 10 gauge barrels for 2 - 7/8" chambers (1-5/8 oz shot). Bottoms of all barrels are stamped "CHOKE" with matching serial numbers, and Whitworth Steel sheaf-of-wheat logos. Bottoms of left barrels have Purdey barrel makers initials "WH" (Bill Hill). Tube numbers "41679" and "41680" are on loop of 12 bore barrels, and "43924" and "43925" are on ten bore barrels. Case hardened robust Beasley patent sidelock self-opening action features automatic safety, hidden third fastener, bushed strikers, side clips, raised rib tumbler end cocking indicators, and double triggers (front articulated). Action is engraved with near full coverage Purdey house style rose and scroll, which is very nicely cut and most likely the work of J. Lucas, head engraver. Trigger guard with open scroll on bow, has serial number on tang, which extends to horn grip cap. Well marbled and lightly flame figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14 - 1/8" over leather faced Silver type pad. Typical drop points are behind locks. Standard point pattern checkering wraps over top of grip. A silver oval engraved "J. P. S." is on toe line. Each barrel set has its own dedicated splinter ejector forend with Anson release. Interior is engraved either 10 or 12 bore, and irons are also stamped with actioners initials "F.H" (Fred Hughes). Gun is housed in its original oak and leather case with brass corners and central medallion which is embossed "JEB" on top. Interior is lined in burgundy cloth, and has space for both sets of barrels. A small paper Purdey label is in lid, along with charge card for each barrel set. Case contains 3 piece ebony and brass cleaning rod, some brushes, snap caps, rectangular Watson Brothers oil bottle, and a square Purdey marked oil bottle. CONDITION: Fine, as partially refinished. Both barrel sets retain 95% of an old re-black. Action retains approximated 10% original color. Left lock has about 60% color, right with 40%. Stocks retain nearly all of an old oil refinish over some knocks and bumps, with a few subsequent scratches. Checkering re-cut with some subsequent wear. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Barrels are on face. Right 12 bore ejector is "live". 10 bore ejectors are in time. Case leather is dark, heavily rubbed and worn. Newer straps and handle are good. Interior cloth is good, dark, soiled and rubbed. Labels are heavily foxed and soiled. Some partitions have been renewed. Accessories are good. An unusual combination of gauges and chokes accommodate any waterfowling situation. Purdeys kindly acknowledges that this gun was made for L. Barbour in December 1911 as a 30" ten bore, for 2 - 7/8" cartridges with extra 12 bore barrels. MGM 124
Case, Extra Barrel Set
Barrel Length
Barrel Wall Thickness
12: L .029 R .023 10: L .035 R .033
2 - 3/4" and 2 - 7/8" (10 bore)
12: L .009 (IC) R .010 (lt mod) 10: L full R mod
Drop at Comb
1 - 3/8"
Drop at Heel
2 - 1/8"
FFL Status
Curio & Relic
12 and 10
Internal Bore Diameter
12: L .734 R .734
Length Of Pull
14 - 1/8" cast 1/2 off
Serial Number
12: 8 lbs 4 oz. 10: 8 lbs 5 oz.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $9,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $12,000.00
Estimate: $18,000 - $28,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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