200 years of purdey
An unbroken historical lineage, descending from London's 'king of gunmakers'
James Purdey established his gun and rifle making business at premises in Prince's street.
Within ten years he was being spoken of as the finest gunmaker in London.
Purdey moved to 314 and 1/2 Oxford Street, this remained home for the business for 57 years.
James Purdey the Younger was born.
James Purdey the Younger apprenticed to the firm at the age of 14.
First Purdey Breech-Loader
At the age of 30 James Purdey the Younger took over the running of the company from his father. James the Younger was always at the forefront of change and advances in the design and building of his guns and rifles, and took out several patents for technical innovations over the years, many of which were adopted by other gunmakers.
Purdey bolt patented and James Purdey the Founder dies aged 79.
First centre fire gun.
On 12 February Purdey received its first Royal Warrant. By appointment to the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.
Queen Victoria had purchased many guns and rifles from Purdey and on 29 March granted the Royal Warrant to the business.
First Purdey Hammerless gun. The Beesley Self-Opening Action patented.
Purdey moved to new premises at 57 South Audley Street, where the company is still situated today. At this time the premises also included gunmaking workshops and cartridge loading facilities.
Athol Purdey (pictured here) took over from his father, James Purdey the Younger.
-1918 Purdey manufactures gun parts and other items of ordnance for the War Department.
Athol’s sons, James and Thomas, both of whom had survived serious injuries whilst fighting in France, joined the firm.
Athol retires, passing the business to Jim and Tom.
Post War prospects looked bleak. Jim and Tom Purdey sold the majority of their shares in the company to Hugh (pictured here)and Victor Seely. Jim and Tom continued to work tirelessly for the business.
Harry Lawrence (pictured here), Factory Manager and a brilliant gunmaker, together with Tom and Jim Purdey, embarked on an energetic sales campaign in the United States of America, establishing Purdey as a leading player in this largest and most important of export markets.
Purdey acquired James Woodward & Sons, a London gunmaker noted for their outstanding over-and-unders.
Richard Beaumont takes over the running of the business, assisted by Harry Lawrence (pictured here), who was appointed Managing Director.
The Hon Mrs Richard Beaumont set up the accessories shop in adjoining premises in Mount Street, selling a range of exclusive high quality shooting clothing, the first London gunmaker to do so.
Nigel Beaumont (pictured here), cousin of Richard Beaumont, joined Purdey’s from university to start a gunmaking apprenticeship.
Nigel Beaumont appointed Managing Director.
James Purdey & Sons Ltd acquired by the Richemont Group. Richard Beaumont retired and appointed Athol Purdey’s grandson, Richard Purdey as Chairman.
Nigel Beaumont becomes Chairman following the retirement of Richard Purdey (pictured here).
First Purdey Sporter gun.
First Purdey Damascus gun.
Purdey celebrate 200 years in business and an unbroken lineage, descending from London’s ‘King of Gunmakers’. In order to mark the bicentenary Purdey issue a Bicentenary Trio, a special commemorative production of two shotguns and a double rifle.