J.Purdey & Sons – Best – Extra Finish – 2 bl. USA
Buy J.Purdey & Sons – Best – Extra Finish – 2 bl. set – 12 Ga. in bulk Britain
Buy J.Purdey & Sons – Best – Extra Finish – 2 bl. set – 12 Ga. in bulk Britain , In 1989, a second set of 28” side by side barrels were added with the exact same smooth concave rib with scroll engraving at the chambers, choked improved cylinder & modified, proved in London again for 2 3/4″ cartridges. Both sets of barrels are marked with Purdey’s standard marking, “J. Purdey & Sons Audley House South Audley Street London.”
From Gamefield Classics by Michael McIntosh and Bill Headrick,
“Fame is often fleeting, enduring fame is rare. James Purdey & Sons is by no means the oldest existing gunmaker – but Purdey’s can now (21st Century) rightly claim to have been the worlds’ most famous maker during three different centuries.” Buy J.Purdey & Sons – Best – Extra Finish – 2 bl. set – 12 Ga. in bulk Britain
A most unusual feature of the original buyer’s order is that, instead of Purdey’s renowned rose and bouquet scroll engraving, the buyer ordered the “extra finish” an upgrade pattern made popular by Holland & Holland on their Royal, with heavy Acanthus scroll engraving which is less conservative and more costly than Purdey’s traditional pattern. Purdey markets it as “Extra Finish.” According to the maker, Walter Warren was the engraver and one of their finest in-houe engravers of that period.
The action is traditional Purdey at its zenith with the famous Purdey self-opening, dual underlug locking system, bushed firing pins, cocking indicators, and automatic top tang safety with SAFE inlaid in gold. The mechanics are excellent with crisp triggers and strong well-timed ejectors and a positive safety. Weight: 6lbs, 6oz with 28″ barrels; 6lbs. with 25″ barrels. It locks up tight and on face with both sets of barrels.
The new 28” dovetail barrels have minimum wall thicknesses of .032” in both barrels. The right bore measures .728” internal diameter with .008” constriction. The left bore measures .728” internal diameter with .018” constriction. The older barrels have a minimum wall thicknesses of .026”
The barrels are tight as new on the breech face and on the hinge pin, bores are perfect mirrors, the screws are perfect, and the engraving is sharp and clear and precisely executed. Barrel blue 99%, casehardening colors 80%, wood 99%, checkering 100%, bores as new, Purdey’s usual meticulous fit and finish…all total for just spectacular original condition. In maker’s oak & leather trunk case with light restoration fitted with snap caps, oil and striker bottles, two horn-handled turnscrews and brush, cleaning rod and maker’s original label.
Condition: Excellent Plus
Metal Condition: 99
Wood Condition: 99
Stock Comb: 1 1/2
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
Stock Cast: 1/4 on for right hand
LOP: 14 1/4
Weight: 6 lb 6 oz
Engraving: Engraved Extra Finish
Extras: 2 barrels
Proof:Nitro: 1 1/8 oz