One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A shotgun, rifle, or other firearm made by the London gunsmiths James Purdey & Sons; (also attributive) designating any of various parts, components, etc. associated with firearms of this sort. [A trademark in the U.K.]
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), prime minister and novelist. From the name of James Purdey& Sons, firearm manufacturers.
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