A Very Rare Cased Pair of Percussion Officers Pistols by Purdey.
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14” overall, 7” carbine bore browned twist sighted barrels with London Proofs each signed ‘Purdey London’ along the sighting flat, case hardened breeches each with gold line and engraved foliage on the top flat, threaded screw breech plugs, border engraved case hardened tangs, signed detented back action locks and dolphin hammers all decorated with scrolling foliage, engraved safety catches. Figured full stocks each numbered '289' on the inside of the fore stock, finely chequered rounded butts each stamped '57', blued steel mounts comprising border engraved ovoidal butt caps each with hinged trap cover decorated with a flower head, trigger guards each decorated with foliate scrollwork on the border engraved bow, trigger plates each with pineapple finial, and turned ramrod pipes, vacant silver escutcheon and oval barrel bolt escutcheons, stirrup ramrods. In their original lined and fitted mahogany case with some accessories including powder flask, the interior of the lid with maker's trade label, the exterior with flush fitting brass carrying handle on a brass plate.
High quality pistols in very good condition, barrels rebrowned. Purdey made few pistols only two other pairs of this pattern known.
See Patrick Unsworth, The Early Purdeys, 1996, p. 80.