Self Opening Guns by Purdey

At their upcoming Modern Sporting Guns auction scheduled for 2nd December 2015 Bonhams will be offering one Purdey self-opening gun and four matched pairs. So for Purdey collectors and for those perhaps aiming for a once in a lifetime purchase of a Purdey self-opener or a matched pair this auction presents an excellent opportunity.

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The first gun on offer, pictured above and as the feature image at the head of this post, is a 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector gun by J. Purdey, no. 24110. This gun is offered in a Purdey labelled case and is described as “Best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, cocking-indicators, much hardening-colour, highly-figured stock (shortened) with pistolgrip, horn pistolgrip-cap and leather covered recoil-pad, the chopper-lump barrels with game rib engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid-Pressed Steel
Weight 6lb. 5oz., 14⅝in. pull (13⅝in. stock), 28in. barrels, approx. I.C. & ¼ choke, 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof
In a leather case with Purdey trade-label”

The gun was made in 1930 for Mr. E. Plaut.

Expected price is in the range £12,000 – £16,000

You will find the Bonhams auction page for this gun if you click here.

The first matched pair are 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey, no. 18430/1

pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey, no. 18430-1

These are described by Bonhams as “A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey, no. 18430/1

The toplevers and ribs numbered ‘1’ and ‘2’, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, traces of hardening-colour, cocking-indicators, well-figured stocks (No. 1 possibly a replacement and No. 2 with line at rear of left lock and wood extension), the chopper-lump barrels with game-ribs engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Pressed Steel
Weight 6lb. 13oz. (No. 1) and 6lb. 12oz. (No. 2), 14¾in. stock (No. 1) and 14¾in. pull (14½in. stock) (No. 2), 30in. barrels, both approx. I.C. & full choke, 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof, (No. 1 gun left barrel thickness at 20, No. 2 gun the left barrel-thickness at 16. In their brass-mounted oak and leather case.”
pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey, no. 18430-1a
This pair has been confirmed to have been made for Captain C.H. Chichester in 1905.
Expected price is in the range £8,000 – £12,000
You will find the Bonhams auction page for this pair if you click here.
The second pair of guns are 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15824/5. These are in separate cases, one leather and the other canvas.
A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15824-5

These guns are described by Bonhams as follows “A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15824/5.The toplevers and ribs numbered ‘1’ and ‘2’, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, traces of hardening-colour, cocking-indicators, well-figured stocks (shortened) with wood extensions, the chopper-lump barrels with game-ribs engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth’s Fluid Pressed Steel

Weight 6lb. 12oz., 15¾in. pulls (13¾in. stocks), 30in. barrels, choke approx. cyl. & I.C (No. 1) and cyl. & ¼ (No. 2), 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof (No. 1 gun left barrel-thickness at 20)
In separate cases, one canvas the other leather.
A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15824-5a
These guns are confirmed to have been made for a Col. A. F. Aylmer in 1837 and have been in that family up to the present time.
The expected sale price is in the order of £10,000 – £15,000
You will find the Bonhams auction page for these guns if you click here.
The third pair of guns are a pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15773/4
A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15773-4

These guns are described by Bonhams as follows “A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15773/4. The toplevers and ribs engraved ‘1’ and ‘2’, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, cocking-indicators, well-figured replacement stocks, the replacement chopper-lump barrels with game-ribs engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England

Weight 6lb. 9¾oz. (No. 1) and 6lb. 12oz. (No. 2), 15½in. stocks, 28in. barrels, approx. I.C. & ½ choke (No. 1) and cyl. & ⅝ choke (No. 2), 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof
In a brass-mounted oak and leather case.”
A pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 15773-4a
This pair of guns was originally made in 1897 and were then fitted with 30″ barrels. In 1937 Purdey re-barrelled them with 28″ barrels.
The expected price for this pair of guns is £15,000 – £20,000
You will find the Bonhams auction page if you click here.
The fourth and final pair of guns are a pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25584/5
A fine pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25584-5

These guns are described by Bonhams as “A fine pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25584/5. The toplevers, ribs and forend-tips numbered ‘1’ and ‘2’ in gold, best bouquet and foliate scroll engraving, much hardening-colour, cocking-indicators, the well-figured stocks (No. 1 a replacement) with leather covered recoil-pads, the chopper-lump barrels with game-ribs engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England

Weight 6lb. 8oz, 14½in. pulls (13¾in. stocks), 28in. barrels, choke approx. ¼ & ⅜ choke (No. 1) and I.C. & ⅜ choke (No. 2), 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof
In a J. Purdey leather motorcase (latch missing).”
A fine pair of 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25584-5a
This pair of guns were made in 1938 for a Mr. H. D. Chaplin and the No 1 gun was re-stocked by Purdey in 1951. The pair subsequently were acquired by the Marquis of Lansdowne.
Expected price for this very nice pair is in the order of £22,000 – £28,000
You will find the Bonhams auction page for these guns if you click here.
This Modern Sporting Guns auction by Bonhams has some very worthwhile items in it including rifles, pistols, revolvers, guns and shooting paraphenalia. You will find the main auction page if you click here.

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