E Whistler, 11 The Strand, London
12 bore Light weight, backaction hammer gun
no. 33536
of production: 1875-87

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents an unusually fine condition example of the elegant sporting hammerguns that were the vogue in the last quarter of the 19th Century. There is a substantial amount of original colour hardening still visible on the locks and action and this coupled with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


The action is of traditional design and features:
Considerable amounts of original colour hardening
Double triggers,
Back action locks,
Rebounding hammers,
Sprung strikers,
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of the famous 'Scott Spindle'.
Gun weight 6lb 15oz
Engraving style Fine scroll.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3lbs Rear trigger 3 1/2lbs

The fine Damascus barrels are 30 " in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2007.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.028" Minimum
0.000" (Cyl)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.031" Minimum
0.028" (3/4)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from figured walnut. The snap-on forend carries a horn tip and the stock is finished with a lightly engraved and blued steel butt plate and screws.
The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot.

Figured walnut stock and forend

The 22 (approx) lines per inch chequering has been cut to a normal backlock design.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre but up to 30 coats of hand rubbed oil.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 3/8"
14 5/8"
14 7/16"
14 15/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 5/8"
2 1/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
3/16" (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:
Stanton's rebounding lock patent no. 367 of 1867
'Scott's Spindle'
patent no. 2752 of 1865
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,