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I have a fellow bringing me a J.Purdey shotgun for possible restoration work or purchase, he has sent me some pics in advance for my perusal. The gun is a double barrel percussion gun made by J. Purdey who worked at the barrel address location from 1827-1857. At least that's what I think from the barrel address. My query is this, there does not appear to be a serial number anywhere on the gun (from what he tells me), as well, I have never seen engraving on an English gun in this style, to me it appears more Germanic in style, but I have not seen all the English guns out there. Any help identifying or clearing up my concerns would be much appreciated. Thx in advance.

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I believe you have a set of genuine James Purdey barrels fit to another gun. You might want to remove the locks when you get it. Shoot me the serial number and I can see what "The Early Purdey's" book has to say on the matter.


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OK thx SKB

that was kind of where my head was going with the whole thing.

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Are the barrel proof marks 'correct' ?.. The crown does not look correct to me. Also I notice the rib engraving seems very fresh for the age of the barrels.

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Looks like it says Purdey right on the side of the lock....




Steve'O did you by chance eat any brownies on your lunch breAk and fOgg yer vision ?

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it does say purdey on the lock but it does not look the same age as the rest of the engraving........?

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Looks like a Purdey to me.


But what I could eYe know I skipped the brownies for lunch.

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So what value are they putting on this gun ?

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The engraving alone is far from purdey high quality. The border chevrons are nearly all of different sizes, the dolphin type of hammers the left one the eyes are not in line. No gentleman with money to purchase a purdey gun I feel would have a fox engraved on his gun, foxes are hunted with dogs and horses. Finally if the engraver handed that lock plate with his work on it, to James Purdey I am sure he would throw it across the room then sack him, the address numbers 314 the half is far to large and therefore out of proportion no engraver worth his salt would make that type of mistake. While on the subject of the top rib engraving it looks far to large Purdey address engraving on the top rib is usually quite small.


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Originally Posted By: [censored]
Looks like a Purdey to me.


But what I could eYe know I skipped the brownies for lunch.


Better get you some eYe glasses old man....you can not see sh1te!!

While you may have skipped the brownies it looks like you found the brown acid.


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