James Purdey, 314 Oxford Street, London.
16 bore bar-action bar-in-wood hammer gun
No. 8743

Year of manufacture: 1872

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents a very rare opportunity to acquire a fine condition example of a 16 gauge sporting hammergun made by this illustrious maker back when the hammergun was still king of the game shoot. The engraving is still crisp on the locks and action and the barrels have survived remarkably well considering its 145 years. The antique replacement stock and forend are in very good condition with no cracks in the bar as is so often found in this style of stocking and they show a lovely figure. All in all, this is a real gem and deserves a good home, careful maintenance and an appreciative owner. You can be its new custodian! Perfect for game or clays.
Presented in a relined Oak & Leather case with reproduction label and some accessories.



 The action is a Bar-in-wood design and features:
Double triggers;
Percussion fences;
Joseph Brazier bar-action, rebounding locks;
High Dolphin hammers (marked internally ‘JP’);
Second Patent Thumblever operating a 'Purdey Bolt';
Cross bolt/Wedge forend fastener.
Gun weight 6lb 5oz
Engraving style Best fine bouquet & scroll. ‘PATENT’ engraved in an oval on the top of action.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The Damascus barrels are 28 7/8" in length, chambered for 2 " (65mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
The bores are essentially clean but do have a few small vestigial pits,
left in to maintain wall thickness. MWT’s were found approx. 6” from muzzle.

Birmingham reproof for 65mm nitro powder cartridges in 2018.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9"
from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction

Right Barrel

17.6mm (0.693")
0.005" (Skeet)

Left Barrel

17.5mm (0.689")
0.003" (Skeet)

Antique replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval and is finished with engraved heel & toe plates secured with engraved screws and chequering.
The forend features a finely engraved steel tip and has a small inlet repair to its edge at the knuckle and a small wooden plug covering the cross-bolt retaining pin.

Highly Figured Walnut

The 18 lines per inch chequering is refreshed to a traditional design.
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 1/8"
14 3/8"
14 1/4"
14 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 5/8"
1 7/8"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
1/8" (approx)
1/4" (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:
 'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863
Stanton's rebounding lock patent no. 367 of 1867.