Watsons Bros | £34,500 sold
12 BORE / OVER AND UNDER / SINGLE TRIGGER
Watson Bros 12 bore over and under, made in 2008 with 30″ barrels Teague choked, Deeley catch on forend. Adorned with beautiful heavy leaf pattern, carved with acorns on fences, bow and lever. Stocked with exhibition grade wood to 15 1/2″ with thin pad. Finished weight 6lb 12oz. Cased.
Purdey 1st Patent Thumb Lever | £7,250
12 BORE / HAMMERGUN
Manufactured in 1866, 12 bore hammer gun, non rebounding locks, very good condition barrels. Double trigger, 30” damascus barrels with 1/4” chokes, 2 1/2” chambers. Stocked to 14 3/4” with finished weight of 6lb 12oz.
Originally built for A.J. Roberts, alongside 7163 but was sold separately, heelplates were later added to the order for this particular gun. An early centre-fire hammer gun with Purdey 1st patent thumb lever. The first centre-fire was made in 1865.
This gun features a bifurcated trigger guard with the first of two thumb lever designs – the more rare design.
Part of an interim style between pinfire and centre-fire produced from 1865 to 1867, of which only 318 shotguns were made. They were centre-fire guns that looked like pinfires. The hammers are in pinfire style with the strikers attached to them and when drawn back, retract the strikers. The breast of the hammer hits the striker, the pinfire head being merely an adornment. The action has pinfire fences and an elongated top strap.
It displays two Purdey patents, a first pattern thumb hole (patent no 1104) and also retractable firing pins (patent no 424), both of which are shown in the photographs to the left.
Lastly, this rare hammer gun was engraved by James Lucas. He introduced the finer engraving style to Purdey, including the finer and tighter border on the lock plates. He would later go on to create the traditional fine rose and scroll design we know today in the mid 1870s.
All beautifully wrapped in an oak case with traditional Purdey red baize lining.
Four Bore | From £75,000
Specially designed four bore sidelock ejector this is the only correctly proportioned four bore being manufactured in England
Made in our Towerbridge workshop and designed by Michael Louca
Barrel lengths can be from 36" to 42"
Weight is from 17lb to 20lb depending on the cartridge weight which can be 3 1/2 ounces to 4 ounces
Double trigger or single trigger
Pistol grip is advised
Exhibition grade wood
Stocked to your measurements
Engraving is included from one of our many patterns
Guncase is an extra cost dependant on the type of case required
The Pigeon | From £55,000
There has always been a fascination for the pigeon gun, this was borne out of seeking an advantage against your competitors at live pigeon shooting, usually their was a lot of money at stake!
To shoot fast and get a good sight picture a broad, higher than normal matted flat top rib was the order of the day this enabled the shooter to shoot high as the bird was always rising out of the trap, of course to guarantee a kill within the perimeter fence full choke would often be used.
Bigger cartridges and more pellets so 2¾" or 3" heavy loads were used. To make the gun strong enough side-clips and a third grip were required on the action. Of course with all this came the need for more weight. You can expect a side-by-side pigeon gun to be in excess of 7 ¼lb to give a stable platform for the shooter.
Nowadays the pigeon gun has seen a resurgence as a high-bird gun. They share the same characteristics in the field, but the pigeon gun has developed into being not just a heavy breeched with heavy load gun. Today's pigeon gun has to have a certain style that goes with it.
30" barrels, high broad flat top matted rib, ¾ or full choke.
Third grip and clips on a larger action.
Single or double trigger
Stock to be pistol grip with long beaver tail for-end and probably adorned with heel and toe pieces. Some are auto safety option.
Carved breechends with heavy engraving.
Complemented with a deluxe case with canvas outer
Double Rifles | From £75,000
Since man hunted, scenes have been drawn and carved on weapons. Today we still do the same on our hunting weapon of choice from scroll which is derived from different leaves to scenes of our quarry. This gun .500" nitro express is a fine example of the gunmakers art and a fine canvas for the engraver to express his craft depicting African scenes all hand carved of course.
Watson Bros | £sold
20 BORE / SIDE BY SIDE
Watson Bros 20 bore Roundbody side by side self opener. Double trigger. Made in 2002, with 28″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chambers, choked 1/4″ 1/2″, finished with small scroll engraving and colour hardening.
Stocked to 14 3/4″ .
Total weight of 6lb.
Cased with accessories.