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James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

According to its name, a “Best” gun sounds like it should be the finest shotgun a gunmaker builds. But that’s not always the case. With some makers, there’s a grade above “Bests” — “Better Bests”, I guess.

Holland & Holland calls these Modele de Luxes. At James Purdey & Sons, they’re known as guns with “Extra finish“, and the pair of 12 gauge Purdey sidelocks you see here are just that.

Overall, guns with Extra Finish are built to the same level as the maker’s standard Best-quality guns (or maybe a bit better, in the case of this pair). But as you can see, their engraving is taken to the next level (here’s a standard Purdey).

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

These two may have been engraved by Ken Hunt (aka “The Godfather of Gun Engraving”), a British craftsman who worked at Purdey’s and learned his trade from Harry Kell. Along with the gorgeous engraving, the guns are beautifully made all around. Check out the metal-to-metal fit and the way the forend iron fits onto the action. Then look at those perfect drop points on the stock.

Does all this make them worth $125,000? Perhaps. Even with twice that much money, you would have a hard time duplicating the quality of these Purdeys today. Personally, I don’t think you could do it.

PURDEY BEST EXTRA FINISH SXS PAIR 12 GAUGE: THESE APPEAR TO BE KEN HUNT ENGRAVED #266XX BOTH GUNS ARE IDENTICAL AND HAVE BEEN USED ON ONE DRIVEN HUNT IN THE LATE 50S THESE CAME FROM ORIGINAL OWNER 28″ SELF OPENERS 008 AND 022 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS MOTOR CASE NEW CONDITION 6LBS 11 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 7/16″ X 14 1/4″. Price: $125,000

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with "Extra Finish"

James Purdey & Sons, pair of 12 gauge sidelock SxS shotguns with “Extra Finish”

2 Responses to “Amazing! What a pair of SxS Purdeys…”

  1. O'Neal Bardin Jr says:

    Where does Steve Barnett find these guns? I always pay special attention when I see his trademark photo presentation of the firearms, but also know that I usually cannot/will not afford them. I will have to go to his store (museum) before I am done.

  2. Gregg says:

    Ha – Museum is a good way to describe his place. Maybe he should start charging admission? With the prices he has on most of his guns, they’re not selling anytime soon.

    Gregg

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