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A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2

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Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000
ca. US$25,868 - US$38,803
Price realised:  n. a.
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A pair of Kell-engraved 16-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns by J. Purdey & Sons, no. 25321/2 Toplevers, ribs and forends numbered '1' and '2', the sideplates engraved with scenes of flighting ducks over a pond, the undersides with a quail, best bouquet and foliate-scroll engraving, cocking-indicators, well-figured replacement stocks (no. 2 with hairline crack to forend), the chopper-lump barrels with game-ribs engraved J. Purdey & Sons, Audley House, South Audley Street, London, England Weight 6lb. 4oz. (No. 1) & 6lb. 6oz. (No. 2), 15⅛in. (No. 1) & 15¼in. (No. 2) stocks, 28in. barrels, all approx ¼ choke, 2½in. chambers, London nitro proof In a relined brass-mounted oak and leather case with replacement J. Purdey & Sons trade-label Fußnoten The makers have kindly confirmed that the guns were completed in May 1937 for Joseph Pulitzer with special engraving by Kell to include flying ducks on locks, quail on underside with the makers name and address on the action flats. Joseph Pulitzer III was the grandson of the famous newsman Joseph Pulitzer. For 31 years he chaired the board of the Pulitzer Prize that had been inaugurated in 1917 by his grandfather's endowment to Yale University. He was also a publisher and was the chairman of the Pulitzer Publishing Company for 31 years. No. 1 right ejector defective

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Modern Sporting Guns Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases & Historical Photographs Fine European Ceramics London Jewels
Date of the auction: 28 Nov 2019 - 4 Dec 2019
Address: Bonhams London
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