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12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

Pair of 12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

When it comes to collecting, original condition is king. The more of it a shotgun has, the more valuable it will be.

So what do you think about this 12g sidelock by James Purdey & Sons? It’s one of a pair of Purdey made in 1912, and it may or may not be all original. Let me know what you think, and why you think it. I’ll tell you the answer tomorrow. Good luck.

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

12g James Purdey & Sons SxS Double Barrel Shotguns, Original or redone?

8 Responses to “A 12g Purdey SxS: Original or redone? You decide…”

  1. john donovan says:

    Greg:
    I think it has been redone–
    -There is a lot of “straw color” in the case colors-more than typical Purdey colors
    -The numeral 1 on the rib would have originally been gold, I believe
    -There doesn’t appear to be any wear to the bluing on the toplever
    -The engraving on the safety button appears worn

    If this gun has not been redone it has been little used since it was built. Maybe but not likely.
    Regards,
    John Donovan
    Townsend, MA

  2. Charles Dingwall says:

    Got to have been refreshed surely? Colour looks to have been redone but a while back. Checkering probably refreshed when knocks were raised on the stocks before oiling. Hard to tell of these are restocked because I can’t see the fore end wood to compare. Case relined for certain sure.
    Now you’ll tell me that this is the ultimate ‘sleeper’ that’s been stored in a darkened room at a constant 52 degrees since the end of WW1 !!
    In any event a most desirable pair.

  3. Bill D. says:

    I’d vote for it being redone. The colors look too bright for a 100 plus year old gun and the wood is too shiny! A nice gun ti be sure–but I think refinished.

  4. Steve says:

    My answer is I can’t really tell and don’t really care. They are beautiful guns one way or the other and I’d be proud to own them. Not that I ever will own a pair of Purdeys. For whatever reason, English guns that have been redone don’t seem to carry the same stigma and take the same kind of hit on value that American classic double guns do.

  5. PTB says:

    I’d vote redone, but it wouldn’t put me off of it.

  6. Bill Davis says:

    Redone!! For all the reasons the other responders ave mentioned–plus the top tang screw on #1 gun is not properly indexed.

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