The one thing collector’s want most is original condition. Here’s an aweseome side-by-side Purdey shotguns with plenty of it. Just check out the color-case hardening on the action and the crispness of the wood. Great engraving, too.
Since its founding in 1814, Purdey has built 30,000+ firearms. I doubt they’ve built many like this, though. It’s a lightweight (5lb, 8oz) 12 gauge made to shoot 2″ shells. Of course, it’s built on Purdey’s famous Beesley action and appear to be in very nice original condition.
Twelve gauges with 2″ chambers were introduced by British makers in the 1930s and marketed as “featherweight” models.
Author Vic Venters, popular with sportsmen who hunted red grouse over pointers in the UK, not many were made. I can’t imagine Purdey built them in any significant numbers. And of the ones they made, how many are still in nearly-new original condition?
PURDEY BEST PRE WAR SXS 2″ LIGHTWEIGHT GUME GUN 12 GAUGE: 28″ BARREL WITH SWAMPED RIB 004 AND 016 2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP CHECKERED BUTT EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH MOTOR CASE 5LBS 8 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15 1/4″. Price: $59,500