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FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

Ready for another test? A couple weeks ago I posted this pair of Purdeys for everyone to assess. Now lets see what you think about this Purdey. What do you say – original or redone?

This Purdey is from 1893. The engraving on it is fantastic. It was probably cut by James Lucas. From 1855 to 1915, Lucas was Purdey’s head engraver, and he helped to develop the fine, tight scroll work that became the “rose & scroll” engraving pattern best-quality British doubles are know for.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

FINE ANTIQUE JAMES PURDEY SIDELOCK EJECTOR GAME GUN WITH ORIGINAL CASE. SN 14855.

6 Responses to “Original or redone? Another 12g Purdey SxS..”

  1. Bill Davis says:

    A beautifully redone Purdey! Look at the case and then look at the gun. At 123 years old– this gun would not have those case colors. They would have muted by now. The top tang screw is also not correctly indexed.

  2. Vic Venters says:

    Given the limitations of tools, lighting, and time allowed for a job the engraving is fabulous. Fabulous period. Proper gunmaking too.

  3. JeffH says:

    Greg, after studying the photos very closely, I believe this Purdey is an original, well cared for and lightley used side by side. There are some tell tale signs and darkening of the stock where it meets the reciever when you enlarge the photos, especially in photos 3,4,5 and 6.

  4. Gregg says:

    I agree, Vic. He probably knocked that gun out in a few days.

    Gregg

  5. Jeff Wemmer says:

    Well, I’m certainly no expert but I’d sure like to see the stock re-done (worn checkering) to match that lovely metal work…That’s about as PC as I can answer this one.

    Really NICE engraving in a “Lucas” pattern, but to me resembles that of the Sumner’s layout & cutting style. But, then again, what do I know! Back in those days these guys cross-pollinated like a patch of Dandelions.

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