View all newsletters
Latest in Luxury - Sign up to our weekly newsletter
  1. Elite Traveler TV
June 23, 2014updated Jun 26, 2014

The Tale of an Artisan Gunmaker – Purdey Guns and Rifles

By Chris Boyle

 With a history as fascinating and intricate as its bespoke rifles, it doesn’t take long to see why Purdey Gun and Rifles Makers has held numerous royal warrants and is still thriving after two centuries in business.

 The tale of James Purdey reads almost like a classic. From apprenticing for expert gunsmith Joseph Manton in 1798, to his first meeting with Queen Victoria and the invention of the Hammer Ejector gun, excellence was the perpetual prey.

WATCH: Richard Purdey tells the story of James Purdey, Founder of Purdey Gun and Rifle Makers 

Richard Purdey, a direct descendant of James Purdey, says he set an unparalleled standard in artisan gun making, since the company opened its doors in 1814.

Content from our partners
A Taste of Europe with AmaWaterways
Elite Traveler Celebrates Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Beverly Hills
Inside The Chateau, Nemacolin's Reimagined Centerpiece Hotel

“It was James Purdey’s whole ambition to build the very best,” explains Purdey. “The Purdey Way was uncompromising, with the focus absolutely on quality and doing it right.”

This year the company celebrates its bi-centenary and continuing success. To commemorate 200 years of sporting excellence, Purdey has produced a trio of highly collectable guns, available to view by appointment.

The Purdey Bicentenary Trio – along with a limited edition book – is a tribute to past achievements and the ongoing legacy of the sterling British gunmaker.

Select and enter your email address Be the first to know about the latest in luxury lifestyle. Get the latest news on hotel openings and in-depth travel guides. Get insider access to exclusive promotions and special offers from our luxury partners.
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thank you for subscribing to Elite Traveler.

Websites in our network