Henry Atkin (From J. Purdey's), 18 Oxenden Street, Haymarket, London
12 bore Sidelock Bar-in-Wood Non-Ejector
no. 112

Date of manufacture: 1876-80 approximately

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Heritage Guns' Comment

As the top rib of this gun proclaims, the Henry Atkin who built this gun did his apprenticeship at Purdey's under his father, also named Henry who is said to have been James Purdey's first employee. There is no doubt that he learnt his trade well as all guns produced under his name are truly gorgeous, this one being no exception. In later years Atkin produced a large number of guns built on the Beesley self-opening patent, better known as the Purdey action, and this gun's design also hails from two stalwarts of the London gun trade: Thomas Southgate (of ejector fame) and James Woodward (whose O/U design was adopted by Purdey).
It is Woodward's name that is most commonly associated with this action type, christened the 'Automatic' by its inventors. The action cocks on the movement of the underlever and then there is a delightfully different interceptor sears that are actuated by the safety slide mechanism rather than the trigger blade as in most others.
The configuration of this gun is most unusual. The bar-in-wood style is almost entirely associated with hammerguns yet this is hammerless but I suspect that this is a product of its time, right at the beginning of the hammerless gun era. Secondly the barrels are in the style of a pigeon gun: flat, broad rib and built on a wide action. We have no idea what the original chamber length was, as it came to us with 2 ¾" chambers, but we are fortunate to be able to say that it has original 'recessed' chokes, confirmed by its '13M/13B' proof marks.
The beautifully etched damascus barrels have been nitro re-proofed for 2 3/4" nitro cartridges and this all adds up to a beautiful gun that is a joy to shoot and should give many years of service on game or clays with normal maintenance.
Presented in its Oak & Leather case, relined with all-wool baize and a reproduction trade label.



The Action is of Southgate & Woodward design and features:
Underlever operating a Purdey Bolt,
Interceptor sears,
Bar action locks with bolstered tumbler pivots, Gold cocking indicators,
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide
and a Deeley forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 10oz
Engraving style Best Scroll. Gold inlaid 'BOLTED' at safety slide.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2 lbs Rear trigger 4 1/4lbs
The original damascus barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed dovetail lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the broad, flat, pigeon style.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2013

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
0.012" (IC)
Left Barrel
0.006" (Skeet)

The straight hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a white metal oval on the upper wrist (vestiges of gothic initials), well-defined drop points and is finished with a 1" leather covered recoil pad. The forend features an engraved steel forend tip.

Figured walnut

The 22 approx lines per inch chequering has been freshened to the original pattern.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 1/4"
14 1/2"
14 7/16"
14 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 7/16"
1 5/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
3/8" (approximate)

For the purposes of these measurements, 'Drop at Face' is the 'drop' measurement taken on a line perpendicular to the
line joining the trigger and centre of the butt at approximately 8" from the trigger (front trigger on a double trigger gun).

Patents Exhibited include:
Southgate & Woodward patent no. 600 of 1876;
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
Deeley's forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.