J. PURDEY & SONS
A 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR, serial no. 13941
for 1891, 28in. replacement nitro chopperlump barrels (by another, London proofed 1982), the rib engraved ‘To SHAMUS from PAPA’, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. 1/4 and 1/2 choke, automatic safety with gold-inlaid ‘SAFE’ detail, removable striker discs, arrow cocking-indicators, best fine acanthus scroll engraving with floral bouquets, brushed bright and reblued finish, 14 1/2in. figured stock including 3/4in. wooden extension, fore-end wood with some cracking, weight 6lb. 11oz.
Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:
Completed: 8th July 1891
Description: A hammerless ejector game gun
Weight: 6lb. 11 1/2oz.
Barrels: 30in. Whitworth Steel
Choke: Plain & Modified
Stock: 14 1/8 1/32in.
Action with intercepting safeties
August 1891: Stock adjusted and shortened to 13 7/8 1/16in.
18th October 1893: temporarily lengthened to 14 1/8in.
30th May 1919: Purchased from Brandt with No. 14,933, and Nitro Proved
Sold to a Captain Mitchell, but brought back and resold to Captain Ogilvy, August 1921
Later noted as property of the Hon. Bruce Ogilvy
A .577-450 Z.A.R. MARTINI HENRY RIFLE BY WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO., CIRCA 1898, serial no. 31126,
with 33in. Birmingham proofed barrel stamped near the breech ‘WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO’ the nocksform dated 1898 within a triangle, block and blade front-sight and ladder rear-sight, fitted with improved Francotte detachable action the right-side marked ‘MADE SPECIALLY FOR / Z A R’ and on the left with the Westley Richards triangle trademark and ‘WESTLEY RICHARDS & CO’, two piece iron mounted walnut stock, two barrel bands the top band with bayonet lug, sling swivels and rod missing
B.S.A. FOR ALEX MARTIN
A .303 ‘LEE-SPEED’ BOLT-MAGAZINE SPORTING RIFLE, serial no. 1320 / 694,
circa 1910, 24 1/4in. unsigned nitro reproved barrel (in 2022) with block-mounted open sights, two folding leaf sights marked 100, 200 and 300 with white metal sight lines and a tangent rearsight marked from 4-10, block-mounted bead fore-sight with protecting ears, serial number 1320 to the nocksform, the receiver ring with a band of scrolling acanthus, the dust cover with a scrolling banner engraved ‘ALEX. MARTIN. GLASGOW & ABERDEEN’, magazine cut-off, the bolt head marked ‘PATENT 19.145 / 90’, the underside of the bolt handle numbered 453, the butt socket with further bands of scrollwork and engraved ‘LEE-SPEED PATENTS B.S.A. & M.Co.’, the top numbered ‘694’, detachable magazine with bands of scrollwork to the base and with suspension loop, 14 3/8in. figured pistolgrip stock with sling eyes, horn pistolgrip-cap and fore-end finial, border engraved steel buttplate with trap, small chip at toe, weight 7lb. 3oz.
A GOOD AND RARE LATE 18th CENTURY HUSSAR’S STYLE SABRE,
circa 1790, with 34in. pipe-backed single-edged steel blade with shallow fullers on each side, engraved both sides with scroll-work and a stand-of-arms, and a mounted hussar and bannered ‘VIVAT HUSAR’, brass hilt and guard with ridged back-strap, brass wire-bound leather grip, together with leather covered wooden scabbard with ornately decorated and engraved brass fittings, langet slots and steel-ended chape, no notching to the blade, a little staining to the blade, good, clear engraving, a little grazing to the exposed scabbard leather and a few shallow dents to the scabbard, 40 1/2in. overall.
This bladed product is not for sale to people under the age of 18. By bidding on this item you are declaring that you are 18 years of age or over.
A GOOD 36-BORE PERCUSSION HOLSTER or BELT-PISTOL SIGNED BECKHUSEN, OXFORD,
circa 1850, with browned octagonal 6 3/8in. barrel, the top-flat marked ‘OXFORD’, small applied blade fore-sight, shallow standing notch rear-sight, twin platinum lines at breech, engraved top-tang, border and scroll engraved back action lock signed ‘BECKHUSEN’, engraved dolphin-headed hammer, slim walnut full-stock with chequered bag-shaped grip, white metal oval escutcheon to wrist, guarded trigger and captive iron swivel ramrod, strong traces of original finish, especially barrel
AN ULTRA-RARE .25 UNDER-LEVER IMPROVED MODEL ‘D’ AIR-RIFLE, serial no. 21360,
for 1908-09, with 19 1/2in. barrel, dove-tailed fore-sight, elevating notch rear-sight, ‘piled arms’ trademark stamp behind the rear-sight, marked ‘LOAD 3’ forwards of the load tap, plain air-chamber stamped ‘THE BSA AIR RIFLE (IMPROVED MODEL ‘D’), THE BIRMINGHAM SMALL ARMS COMPANY LIMITED – SOLE MANUFACTURERS’, single screw trigger block, walnut saw-handled butt-stock with ‘piled arms’ trademark, cast trigger guard, no provision for fore-end and ‘spade’ style under-lever catch, the whole of the metalwork an older refinish now almost completely lost
A FINE CAPE AND HEAD MOUNT OF A ZEBRA (Equus quagga)
(Equus quagga quagga) is a subspecies of the plains zebra that was endemic to South Africa until it was hunted to extinction in the late 19th century