Henry Atkin (From Purdey's), 2 Jermyn Street, Haymarket, London
12 bore Sidelock Ejector Gun
No. 573, No 2 of a pair.

Made for the Marquess of Winchester circa 1890

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Heritage Guns' Comment

As the top rib and action engraving 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 Gun being no exception.
Atkin's records of this period are very sparse and all we know is that it was made as a '12b, Side, Bar, Ejector' gun. The action body is stamped 'JR' so we can say for sure that this gun was the product of John Robertson's Soho workshop (of Boss & Co fame). Although made as an ejector, the Southgate system featured seems to be a later improvement, maybe replacing an unreliable, earlier design and incorporated a new forend iron as well as modifications to the cocking levers.
When this gun came to us, its chopperlump barrels were very thin and pitted so we have TIG sleeved them to their original 30".
However, what is really interesting is the lockwork. Originally stamped Stanton, they have been over-stamped Brazier and many of the bridle and spring pin holes have been bushed and redrilled. The locks are of fabulous quality and incorporate a possibly unique and experimental interceptor sear that without any extra moving parts, blocks the main sear as well as the tumblers. All these wonderful features combine with the rounded action and sidelever opening to make a very safe and desirable gun for either game or clays.


The Action is of normal late C19th design and features:
Sidelever operating a double bite Purdey Bolt;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic, top tang, safety slide;
Unique interceptor sears based on the late H&H style;
Bar action sidelocks by Brazier;
Southgate ejectors and an Anson forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 13oz
Engraving style Very best 'Rose and Scroll'. Gold inlaid 'SAFE' and '1' on top rib and top tang. Beaded Fences. Rounded action. Under action bar engraved 'PATENT H. ATKIN'S EJECTOR'.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The TIG sleeved, Whitworth Fluid Steel barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ¾ " (70mm) cartridges and are of chopperlump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is of the smooth, concave, game style.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2015.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.4mm (0.724")
0.010" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.4mm (0.724")
0.020" (Mod)

The replacement, straight hand stock and splinter forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed Gun. It features a gold oval engraved with a coat of arms, well-defined drop points and is finished with a 1" leather recoil pad. The forend has two wood inlet repairs to its forward edges and is fitted with a finely engraved steel tip and diamond.

Replacement, Well Figured Walnut Stock & Forend

The 24 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 1/2"
14 5/8"
14 1/2"
14 7/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/16" approx.
3/16" approx.

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:
Roger's cocking levers patent no 397 of 1882;
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
'Southgate' ejectors patent no. 12314 of 1889;
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.