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22 November 2023, 17:13

James Purdey & Sons: History of the brand and a unique lot on Violity

James Purdey & Sons: History of the brand and a unique lot on Violity
The company began its journey on Princes Street, where James Purdie worked for the great gunsmith Joseph Manton before setting up his business.
In 1814 James Purdey & Sons was founded.
In 1826, they moved to Manton's former premises in Oxford Street and then in 1882 to the corner of South Audley and Mount Streets.
The photo shows a James Purdey & Sons label from the company's Oxford Street days.
The photo shows a James Purdey & Sons label from the company's Oxford Street days.
Innovation in gun design and technology has always been at the forefront, from flintlocks in the 1820s to self-loading ejection mechanisms in the 1880s. The famous self-loading mechanism was designed by Frederick Beasley and purchased from him for £55 in 1880.
Pictured: a reference 30
Pictured: a reference 30" Damascus barrel with 2 3/4" nitro protection, in a beautiful original case.
Purdey weapons continued to evolve to include rifles, both double-barreled and bolt-action. The company remained true to its traditions, producing weapons by hand, which makes each piece unique and extremely expensive.

Making a gun using the Purdey method takes around 500 hours of handcraft at its factory in Hammersmith, West London. Prices start at $89,000 for the side-by-side guns, so named because of the arrangement of the two barrels. Prices for over-and-under models start at about $105,000.
Modern sign for the James Purdey & Sons boutique, UK.
Modern sign for the James Purdey & Sons boutique, UK.
In 1946, after 132 years in the Purdy family, the company was purchased by Hugh Seely, 1st Baron Sherwood. In 1994, the company was acquired by Compagnie Financière Richemont SA from Richard Beaumont, who had headed it since 1970.
Stock shop on Irongate Wharf Road (now Harbeth Road) in 1933.
Stock shop on Irongate Wharf Road (now Harbeth Road) in 1933.
James Purdey & Sons' royal clientele is graced by acquisitions by Queen Victoria as far back as 1838. The company's weapons were also supplied to Indian princes in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Today's unique offering on Violity is a 1913 James Purdey 12 gauge shotgun. This example, the second of a pair, is a true collector's item.
The length of the barrels is 30 inches (ca. 76 centimeters), the bell is 18.6 — all are in perfect working order, without the shafts or shells.
The preservation of the
The preservation of the "Safe" engraving close to the safety indicates that the weapon was cared for and rarely used.
Accompanying documents and statements from Purdey confirm the authenticity and history of this gun, making it not only fully functional, but also an exceptional piece of art.
This lot is an opportunity to own not just an item, but a part of the great history of James Purdey & Sons, which continues to live in each of their masterpieces.


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