The name 'James Purdey & Sons' is universally respected and known the world over as makers of finest quality guns. Established by James the Elder in 1814, Purdey built best-quality guns, rifles and pistols to the highest standards, right from the start. This book celebrates the Purdey family's two hundred years of gunmaking from 1814 to 2014. Includes hundreds of high quality color images of original flint lock and percussion rifles, shotguns, pistols and cases, as well as original photographs, drawings and illustrations.Chapters includes:
Blacksmith in the Minories
A Small Shop in Price Street
314-1/2 Oxford Street
Muzzle-Loading Guns, Rifles and Pistols
Bolt and Beesley
Early Breech-Loading Guns and Rifles
'A Palace Amongst Gun Manufactories'
From Austerity to Renaissance
Later Breech-Loading Guns and Rifles
The book also includes an extensive appendix including serial numbers and dates, trade labels, patents, catalogues, gun cases and more.
Hard cover, 472 pages, 10-1/4" x 12-1/2" format, color and black & white images. ISBN: 978-1-84689-164-9. By Donald Dallas.
This terrific book is filled with stunning photography, such as this pair of 12-bore sidelock ejectors completed in 1965.
Here you see a fine example of a double-barrel 14-bore flintlock converted gun that was built in 1821. Learn more about this gun and the fine craftsmanship of the Purdey family in James Purdey & Sons, Gun and Rifle Makers, Two Hundred Years of Excellence.>