Prince’s gun goes under hammer

A J. Purdey & Sons shotgun that was made for Prince Victor Duleep Singh.
A J. Purdey & Sons shotgun that was made for Prince Victor Duleep Singh.
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A GUN owned by a notorious shooter and gambler is expected to fetch thousands at auction next month.

Prince Victor Duleep Singh was part of the shooting set at Elveden Estate in the late 19th century and a rare 12-bore hammer gun made for him by J. Purdey & Sons is up for auction at Bonhams in London on April 4.

Prince Victor Duleep Singh

Prince Victor Duleep Singh

The gun’s makers believe that the shotgun was made for the Prince when he was 15-years-old and was one of a pair.

The Prince’s father Maharajah Duleep Singh owned the family estate in Elveden, which regularly played host to shooting parties, with royalty and some of the best shots of the day in attendance.

He went on to attend Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, before going to Sandhurst in 1887.

The Prince was declared bankrupt in 1902 after a series of bad investments and gambling debts and died in 1918.

A 12-bore hammer gun made by J. Purdey & Sons for Prince Victor Duleep Singh

A 12-bore hammer gun made by J. Purdey & Sons for Prince Victor Duleep Singh