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Schoffel – 200 Years of Excellence

With a history dating back seven generations to 1804, Schoffel clothing is still a market leader among the shooting and hunting fraternity in the UK. The cornerstone of their continued success is built on manufacturing clothing that shooters know will perform in any weather conditions, incorporating superb styling and outstanding quality.

For 2014, Schoffel have introduced the Ptarmigan Blenheim Tweed Coat which offers the latest in waterproof and breathable technology, and includes the highly durable Goretex Z-Liner over an English woven tweed made from lambswool and worsted wool. Forget garish colours, this tweed sits well on any windswept grouse moor or driven pheasant shoot. Other offerings in the Blenheim Tweed range are the matching tweed waistcoat and sports jacket, which is ideal for casual dining and out of town excursions. The Blenheim Tweed Cap in two designs tops off the look nicely.

Back again is the ever popular Oakham Gilet; a long standing favourite with those who love the country and want a little extra warmth over their favourite shirt. It’s available this year in Gunmetal, Kingfisher and Navy – all new additions to the range – as well as some old favourites. Other new editions to the collection are the Cotton and Cashmere Crew Neck, and Cotton and Cashmere Slip Over, which add a touch of luxury to any wardrobe.

As always, the Ptarmigan Shooting Coat features heavily in our product line, in Ultralight and Interactive versions. These have become firm favourites within UK fieldsports, as the design was inspired by British shooters who wanted a jacket that protected them from the elements and would work well on a hectic day’s shooting.

At The Sporting Lodge we also stock a range of accessories from Schoffel to complement all of their outerwear. We hope you enjoy the new range!

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James Purdey and Sons Celebrate 200 Years of Finest Gun Making

At The Sporting Lodge, we’re celebrating Purdey’s successful 200 years of manufacturing. To include you in this special celebration, we’re stocking some very special products designed specifically in limited numbers. These no doubt will be the collectables of the future.

One of the very special pieces is the Purdey: 200 Years of Excellence, a truly exclusive and limited edition book covered in goatskin with gold embossed lettering, and with only 200 copies produced. Inside the book, you will find the full history and craftsmanship of James Purdey and Sons, with over 170 pictures. Specially commissioned for the bicentenary, the book is signed by author Donald Dallas, current Purdey chairman Nigel Beaumont and Richard Purdey, retired chairman and great, great, great grandson of the founder. The book comes in a silk lined linen presentation box and is accompanied by a copy of the publishers edition of the book which can be thumbed through and enjoyed without damaging the leather bound edition.

The foreword is by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh and there is an introduction by Richard Purdey.

Designed for James Purdey’s bicentenary year, early English Delftware is highly collectable. James Purdey commissioned an English pottery to recreate its understated elegance in a collection of earthenware inspired by English sporting scenes from Alken’s ‘Characteristic Sketches of Shooting’. This book of engravings, first published in 1826, belonged to James Purdey and is still on display in the Long Room at Audley House, London. Each piece is crafted and painted entirely by hand in the Cotswolds, and the range includes a trinket box (pictured above), candle potlarge and small desk bricks and olive dish.