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So yesterday I asked everyone what they thought of this 12g Purdey SxS: Is it all original, or has it been redone. Most people thought the finish was original, and to them I say – you’re pretty much right. This Purdey is mostly original. The color-case hardening and blueing have been there since the gun’s […]

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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 […]

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Drumroll……Redone. These Purdeys came up at Julia’s a sale or two ago. Here’s the condition report on them: CONDITION: Excellent, as completely refinished and refurbished. Bbls retain essentially all of a good London quality re-black, engraving slightly softened. Actions retain nearly all of a re-color over considerable scattered light marks and frosting, engraving somewhat washed. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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The 1860s were tens years of change for James Purdey & Sons. The impetus was the breechloader, and at end of the decade, Purdey would step into the modern era of shotguns with the two patents which would changed sporting guns forever. Breechloaders were introduced to the UK at the Great Exhibition of 1851, and […]

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Here’s an interesting double: it’s an early James Purdey 12 gauge Centerfire shotgun, and one of the first center fire shotguns made by Purdey. It’s coming up this Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Poulin Antiques & Auctions. The sales starts @ 10:00 AM. Back in the 1860s, centerfires were revolutionary new ideas. A London gumaker […]

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Ten gauge Purdey shotguns are not very common, so when one pops up, it catches my attention. The one you see here is at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, MD, and it goes off today, September 28 @ 1:00 PM EST. Interestingly, this one is nitro-proofed for 1 1/2 oz loads. That’s the same amount […]

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Auctions are exciting. You never know what you’re going to find, and you never know who is going to show up to bid. Can you get buys at them? Yes. But you can also get burned. Affiliated Auctions & Realty in Tallahassee, FL, is having their Fine Art & Military auction this weekend. There are […]

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James Purdey & Sons is one of the world’s most famous gunmakers – and for good reason. They’ve been making some of the world’s finest rifles and shotguns for almost 200 years. This video is an interesting look inside the company. It’s good, but long (1 hour and 30 minutes). To make it easier to […]

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