|JAMES PURDEY & SONS, GUNS AND RIFLE MAKERS|
by Donald Dallas
2013 London, 480pp, color and b/w photos, drawings, 10x12, hardcover, dj.
This magnificent book, recently expanded and updated, details the history of James Purdey & Sons, the British gunmaker universally respected and known the world over as makers of the finest quality guns. The new edition celebrates Purdey's two hundred years of gunmaking from 1814 to 2014. It brings the history of the firm right up to date-over 170 photographs have been added along with a great deal of new content.
Established by James Purdey the Elder in 1814, James Purdey & Sons built best-quality guns, rifles, and pistols to the highest standards, right from the start. James Purdey the Younger took over the running of the firm in 1858 and was responsible for developing the muzzle-loading rifle to the pinnacle of its development, the Express rifle. In the early breech-loading period he invented, in 1863, the most famous closing action of all time, the Purdey bolt. He was quick to see the advantages of the hammerless gun and astute in purchasing and developing the Beesley hammerless action of 1880, which is universally admired today. Clients included European royalty and nobility, and the firm could claim to have built guns for all nine kings attending King Edward VII's funeral in 1910.
The several appendixes in the new edition of this fascinating book include serial numbers to assist with dating guns as well as production figures to show the rarity of each. All patents are described, and the Purdey gunmakers are named to help identify initials stamped on the parts.
Beautifully illustrated throughout with color plates and black and white plates and drawings, this is essential reading for any gun enthusiast. Foreword by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.