Heritage

Two centuries of gunmaking craft, distilled into each Purdey shotgun or rifle

James Purdey 1739-96

James Purdey 1739-96

James Purdey & Sons have been making the finest quality guns, rifles and shooting equipment in London, since 1814, when James Purdey the Elder opened in a small shop in Princes Street, off Leicester Square.

His reputation for making the very best of ‘Best’ London guns soon spread, and in a little over a decade he had established premises at 314 ½ Oxford Street, in the former gunshop of ‘King of Gunmakers’ Joseph Manton.

Queen Victoria ordered her first Purdeys in 1838: a pair of pistols, as a royal gift to the Imam of Muscat. Her eldest son the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, granted his Royal Warrant to the founder’s son, James Purdey the Younger, in 1868. Each succeeding monarch since than has placed their faith in Purdey’s, including our present Queen.

Handmade in London

Every Purdey ‘Best’ gun is handmade in London, today as they always have been. Our stockers, actioners and engravers still hand-craft their own tools at the beginning of their apprenticeship, before using those tools to create the world’s finest guns.

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Colonel Hawker once asked Joe Manton, early in the eighteen hundreds, "Who is the next best gunmaker to yourself?" Manton replied, "After me, Purdey does the best work." - Tom Purdey

History

The Purdey family history tells that John Purdey, the Founder’s grandfather, walked from the east of Scotland to London at the turn of the 18th century, seeking employment. His son, James, became a blacksmith in the Minories. As the city’s gunmaking quarter, this proved the beginning of the Purdey legend.

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Audley House

Audley House in Mayfair has been home to James Purdey & Sons since 1 January 1883. In the famous Long Room, great shots from the past two centuries have been fitted for their guns. To visit Audley House today is to be transported to an earlier era, where uncompromising attention to detail and painstaking perfection of craft produced guns that have never been bettered.

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The Workshop

Every ‘Best’ Purdey gun is handmade in west London, by some of the most talented gunsmiths living today. It takes five years to complete an apprenticeship with Purdey, during which time every element of the maker’s specialism is developed and finessed.

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Appointments

Our Gunroom team at Audley House in Mayfair would be delighted to meet you and discuss your requirements

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