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 genuine James Purdey & Sons Ltd. Catalog, probably from the '60s.

genuine James Purdey & Sons Ltd. Catalog, probably from the ’60s.

 genuine James Purdey & Sons Ltd. Catalog, probably from the '60s.

genuine James Purdey & Sons Ltd. Catalog, probably from the ’60s.

Here’s a late alert for something that great to have if you’re a serious Purdey collector: It’s a genuine James Purdey & Sons Ltd. Catalog, probably from the ’60s. It’s on Ebay.com now, and the auction ends today @ 12:12PM EST.

Old catalogs like this are great reference tools. I like them because they give you the chance to see just how the maker promoted and sold his guns – which features they called to mind, the terms used to describe certain models, etc. These old catalogs also let step into the mind of a buyer from 50-60 years ago to see the options they were presented with.

Good luck bidding.

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