Lot 94
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J. Purdey & Sons A FINE PAIR OF LIGHTWEIGHT 20-BORE KEN HUNT ENGRAVED SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 28114/5

Estimate
50,000 - 70,000 GBP
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Description

  • J. Purdey & Sons
  • A FINE PAIR OF LIGHTWEIGHT 20-BORE KEN HUNT ENGRAVED SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 28114/5
27 1/2-inch chopper-lump barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers about 1/2 and full choke borings, the frames, locks and gold numbered top-levers engraved with bold foliate scrollwork surrounding highly detailed gold inlaid game scenes, the right lock of the No. 1 gun with a pair of duck against a wetland scene, the left lock with a pair of pheasants against a countryside scene, the right lock of the No. 2 gun with a pair of grouse against a moorland scene, the left lock with a pair of woodcock against a cloudy sky, signed by the engraver, K. C. Hunt 76, retaining much of their original hardening colour overall, 15-inch highly figured stocks, nitro proof, in their maker's lightweight leather case

Catalogue Note

The makers confirm that the guns were built in 1976.

Ken Hunt is perhaps the best known of all gun engravers.  Apprenticed to Harry Kell from 1950 to 1956, he has worked predominantly for Purdey's and developed a distinctive style that includes the use of gold to highlight his deeply carved scenes. He was the first gun engraver to become well known in his own right, and his work is directly responsible for interest and demand in highly decorated and engraved guns.  He elevated gun engraving to an art form.

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