P. D. Malloch of Perth
12 Gauge, A & D Ejector, side-by-side shotgun
We are pleased to offer this rare vintage boxlock ejector gun by the famous Scottish fishing tackle maker, P. D. Malloch of Perth.
The gun is in good condition inside and out, the barrels measure very well and benefit from a reproof in 1969. The action has a bold acanthus scroll engraving and the underside is neatly engraved 'P.D. MALLOCH. GUNMAKER. PERTH'. The gun is fitted with a dense well-figured stock, finished with a chequered end.
In order to prepare the gun for sale we have given the gun a full service, strip and clean and the stock and fore-end wood has been sympathetically cleaned, re-oiled and chequered. The barrels have had their ribs stripped, relaid and then re-blacked. All furniture has been re-blacked and the pins sympathetically blued.
Like many other Scottish boxlocks, this gun was likely made in the Birmingham trade for Malloch.
- Price: £1950
- Action: Anson & Deeley, top lever with Scott spindle and Purdey bolt, slide safety and Anson push-rod fore-end.
- Gauge: 12
- Barrel Length : 27 3/4in
- Chambers: 2 1/2in
- Proof: Birmingham Nitro Re-proof at .729 in 1969
- Bores: .728 (R) & .728 (L)
- Walls: .034 (R) & .034 (L)
- Chokes : Cylinder (R) & 1/2 (L)
- Ejectors: Yes, Southgate type
- Stock dimensions: Drop at comb 1 1 5/8in, Drop at heel 2 3/8in, 14 1/4in at heel, 14 3/16in to centre, 14 5/8in at toe
- Cast Off: 1/2in
- Weight: 6lb 13oz
- Location: Dunkeld
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P. D. Malloch of Perth
Peter Duncan Malloch was born in 1853 in Methven, just to the west of Perth. He was the son of Joseph Malloch, a linen bleacher, and Margaret. The family lived in and around Perth, firstly at Almondbank then Redgorton, a few miles north of Perth.
Peter did not have the advantages of higher education and spent his youthful days in the woods and fishing in the river Almond. By the age of 12 he had a sound knowledge of all the birds and animals in the district. At the age of 14 he was able to mount birds well, make a rod and tie flies. Peter's occupation was a millwright but with his brother James as his assistant, he started, at the age of 18, a small taxidermy and fishing tackle business in one room off the High Street in Perth (address unknown). In 1877, Peter appears to have established a partnership in Stirling named Malloch, Michie & Crockart which was dissolved in 1890 and the Perth business is later recorded at 213 High Street. Peter also established the Tay Salmon Fisheries Company in 1899, buying up the fishing rights along the river and estuary and creating one of the biggest operations of its kind, this business finally closing in 1996. The business appears to have moved in 1903 to 26 Scott Street, which it would occupy until 1981. On 10 March 1916 P D Malloch registered patent No. 103379 for a hand throwing device which could be used for grenades, life lines, fishing lines and floats.
Peter Duncan Malloch died in 1921 at the age of 68 and the business was continued by his sons. The original firm was last recorded in 1966, but appears to have been renamed Malloch (Field Sports) Ltd and was recorded at 26 Scott Street from 1970 to 1981. In 1986 it was re-named P D Malloch and moved to 259 Old High Street, Perth. The general decline in customers led to the business finally closing in February 2020.
Malloch may be said to have gone further than any other man in explaining the life history of salmon and trout. His knowledge of the movement of these fish and of the flies and insects consumed by the latter, was vast. In his later years he became a great authority on all matters relating to salmon and trout. He was the first to study the importance of scale markings on salmon, and proved that every period passed in river or sea could be explained by markings on the scale themselves. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of insect life, it is not surprising that he achieved much renown as a fisherman. His book, first published in 1910, "Life History of the Salmon, Sea Trout, Trout and other freshwater fish", was such a success that it was reprinted in 1912. It has become regarded as a standard work on the subject and an intrinsic part of any serious fishing library.
When Georgina Ballantine landed the largest ever line caught salmon in Britain, she did so using a P D Malloch rod. The 64 pound record-breaking catch was hooked near Caputh in Perthshire in 1922 and immortalised by Malloch’s taxidermy team before being fed to patients and staff at Perth Royal Infirmary.