James Purdey 12 #3 of Maharaja Duleep Singh Trio
James Purdey & Sons #8464 Circa 1871
12 bore hammer gun with island back rebounding lock action and Jones' rotary under lever. 30 inch Damascus barrels measure- chambers 2 5/8; bores R/L .734/.735; chokes .023/.0024; walls .032/.030. still in original London proof. Original English stock measures 14 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 2 7/16 x 1/4 cast off to checkered one inch ebony extension. Cased in an original Purdey brass cornered oak case with loading accessories and Purdey oil bottle. Action, barrels and fore end marked with number 3 as the third gun of the first trio ordered in 1871 by the Maharaja Duleep Singh. See the Historical Guns link to find more info on this provenance as provided by Purdey and also in Dallas' new book "The British Sporting Gun and Rifle" on pages 19-23. Where are #'s 1 and 2 ?