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Purdey, James 12 gauge Extra Delux Purdey


For sale as of 17:00 26 May 24, in Alnwick, Northumberland.


Birsley Woodside, Alnwick, Northumberland, United Kingdom, NE66 2BP

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J, PURDEY & SONS , A Masterpiece of Gunmaking ... An Extra Fine, Rare chiselled and relief-engraved 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector gun by J.Purdey & Sons. Engraved by Grifnee & Delcour in a brass-mounted oak and leather case with trade-labels,in a french bloked case and accessories. The action profusely engraved with deep carved foliate-scrollwork on a stippled ground and grotesque creatures, the trigger with a cobra, the trigger plate signed ‘Grifnee & Delcour’, cocking-indicators, well figured stock, chopper-lump barrels with rib gold inlay “J.PURDEY & SONS, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England”. Weight 6Ib, 91/2 oz, 15.1/2in, stock, 28 in barrels, 1/4 &1/2 chokes, 2.3/ chambers,, London Nitro proof. Excellent/Barrel Thickness: 28 & 29 In an excellent/plus fine condition throughout. A new one in this degree of finish and embellishment would cost in the region of £256,000 plus today. “…one of the finest engravers the world will ever likely see…” Artistry and firearms have walked side-by-side for centuries. Kings, noblemen, and great military men of their era have all desired something to set their weapons apart. They required the finest craftsmanship and appreciated the artistry that could match it. Today is no different: embellishments make a gun unique, personal, and admirable among peers. To satisfy this desire for quality and aesthetics Grifnee has a history of working with a number of gun companies to create beautiful and elegant firearms. One of those deserving artisans is Belgian engraver Philippe Grifnee. Grifnee was largely considered one of the world’s finest engravers who left the firearms community far too soon when he passed in May 2012 at the young age of 59. After receiving his instruction at the internationally acclaimed engraving program at L’Ecole d’Armurerie de Liege under the hand of Rene Delcour, he graduated in 1970 and further honed his craft with Auguste Francotte. He instructed for several prestigious engraving institutions such as the Grand Masters Program at the GRS Training Center before returning to his former school to teach, the latter of which posthumously named a room in his honor. Grifnee set new standards in engraving excellence, though his work shone brightest in his expertly rendered deep relief engravings resulting in some of the world’s finest work on the most excellent of canvases. Price : £49,950 All Enquiries by email only to seller at: [email protected]

  • Make

    Purdey, James

  • Mechanism

    Side by Side

  • License


  • Barrel length


  • Country of origin

    United Kingdom

  • Trigger

    Two Triggers

  • Model

    Extra Delux Purdey

  • Calibre

    12 gauge

  • Condition


  • Orientation

    Right Handed

  • Stock length

    15 1/2"

  • Weight

    6lbs 9oz

  • Ejection


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