On 20 June, Holt’s will be auctioning a 20-bore over-and-under shotgun, made by Purdey, that is engraved with a portrait of the late Baroness Thatcher in a circular cartouche.

The gun was commissioned in 1988 by the vendor, a former coal miner who had to leave work at Linton Colliery due to bronchitis. The keen shooting man built up a successful business during the time that Baroness Thatcher was Prime Minister. He was the first importer of Le Chameau footwear to Great Britain and, as James Purdey & Sons was a major stockist of Le Chameau, the vendor built up a relationship with the firm and aspired to own one of its shotguns.

The rest of this article appears in the 17th April issue of Shooting Times.

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