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James Purdey and Sons Celebrates 200 Years

Carolyn Meers

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, James Purdey and Sons, the London-based company known for its bespoke guns and hunting apparel, has introduced a series of limited-edition pieces ranging from silver and guns to leather and china. Founded in 1814 by the Scottish blacksmith James Purdey, the brand started out constructing gun cases and later expanded to offer clothing, leather goods, glassware, silver, and china. A series of new gun leathers has debuted as part of the bicentennial range; the designs are crafted from highly durable bridle hide and are available in dark brown, tan, and a new checkered leather pattern, which recalls the stock motif seen on many of the brand’s guns. The leather collection ranges from purposeful, adjustable-strap cartridge bags to wallets and gun covers. Each is handmade in England, lined with suede, and fitted with brass details. Purdey can personalize any of its leather goods and will carefully craft items for up to 10 weeks in order to ensure client satisfaction.

Among Purdey’s other bicentenary items are a set of planished (hand-beaten) silver beakers ($1,300 to $1,400), hand-painted china with traditional English hunting scenes ($410), and a limited-edition goatskin-leather book ($1,600) telling a comprehensive history of the brand. Purdey has also designed a commemorative trio of guns: a 12-bore Side-by-Side Game Gun, a 20-bore Damascus Over and Under Game Gun, and a 0.470 Nitro Express Double Rifle. Each gun model features the brand’s bicentenary logo, and the set comes with an oak-and-leather travel case as well as a custom-built glass display case. (+44.20.7408.7201, www.purdey.com

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