A PURDEY SELF OPENER FROM 1896

Label of Purdey. Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist.

Probably every gun aficionado dreams of a classic english double and on top of the wishlist usually there is one name: Purdey – “King of Gunmakers” and Gunmaker of the Kings, established 1814 in London, looking back at a long and rich history.

Purdey self opener, made in 1896. Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist.
This gun was made in 1896 for a Mr. Sorchan. It was made with a set of 30″ barrels and a set of 27″ barrels , both choked about modified in the left barrel and not choked in the right barrel.
Purdey self opener two barrel set, made in 1896. Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist.
The gun appears in the Griffin and Howe records for Abercrombie and Fitch about 7 times during the span of 1931-34, being bought and sold several times.  The present owner has a letter coming from Griffin and Howe, detailing their activity with the gun.
Purdey self opener, made in 1896. Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist.
Purdey self opener, made in 1896 with fine english scroll and roses engraving. Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist
It is a self opener and as luck would have it, has been restocked very nicely to the new owner’s dimension of 15 1/4″ length of pull.  The case is a later one, probably from the 1930s, marked “Abercrombie and Fitch” and “England”.  The Purdey label is a later one.
Purdey self opener, made in 1896. Courtesy of Daryl Hallquist.

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