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#513147 05/05/18 05:12 PM
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This isn't the end of the pool I'm normally swimming in but I just noticed a James Purdey & Sons of Audley House 12 gauge lying across my dining room table. So I did the first thing that we all do when we come across a Purdey in our homes. I measured the barrel length. 25".

Doesn't look cut but I also can't recall seeing a Purdey with 25" barrels before. How (un)common might that be?


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Gee I wish I could find a Purdey laying around.
Though I have never seen one you can email them and confirm the original barrel length.
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What does the Rib say?

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Gun dates to 1930. It's a self opener. It's #1 of a pair and we know why the #2 gun got sent away. The rib says "J. Purdey & Sons Audley House South Audley Street London Made of Sir Joseph Whitworth's Fluid Pressed Steel"


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A 25" Purdey was sold at auction in PA a few years ago. I think I called on the gun and may have the serial number in my files.

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Originally Posted By: eightbore
A 25" Purdey was sold at auction in PA a few years ago. I think I called on the gun and may have the serial number in my files.


Wouldn't be this gun. In the same family since new. This one is 243xx.


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I'd say, that if it was produced during the time of Churchill's effort, relatively common. Competitive forces and what not.

If the top rib engraving/matting looks off, well, you know.

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The more I think about it, the original owner spent a lot of time in central Ontario ruffed grouse country, along the shores of Lake Huron. He hunted deer as well. Waterfowl and prairie upland like sharptail and pheasant, not so much. I'm guessing he fell prey to the idea that to hunt the grouse woods, one must have a short barreled gun.


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Why not email Stephen Murray at Purdey's on Monday? He was very accommodating about info on my gun, even sent along a photo of the man who ordered it in 1894....



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That's a good idea Rob but I don't want to spend the money until I decide if I'm buying it. They usually charge for that sort of info, I think. Boss wanted 50 pounds.


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