Issue 38 August 2022

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Label Library: Purdey Load Label

Cartridge information.

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This label, attached to the case lid of gun 7596 was certainly applied much later.

That Purdey serial number dates from 1867. In addition to trade labels, many guns from the Victorian era note loading instructions for cartridges, particularly when smokeless powders became part of the equation.

Since the card has not been filled-out, it may be that the gun was re-cased un one with set labels already installed and this data was not added.

However, it does give an insight into the important matter of the loading of cartridges with the right grade of powder, that this load should be ’skimmed’ (not heaped) and the recommendation for a thick felt wad between powder and shot.

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