My trea­sured heir­loom

Country Life Every Week - - Future Heirlooms -

David Pro­fumo, writer

When my late un­cle was Gover­nor of West Africa, af­ter the Se­cond World War, he was obliged to shoot a rogue lion that had been ma­raud­ing through cer­tain vil­lages. On his re­turn to Eng­land, he had Purdey make up sev­eral car­tridge bags from the skin and one of th­ese—un­used and still re­splen­dently golden— was hang­ing in his gun room when he died.

It was passed to me and, in­stead of keep­ing it merely as an ob­ject of in­ter­est, I use it out on shoot days, on which it’s of­ten met with in­credulity. I ex­pect it will be hang­ing in my own gun­room when I die, by which time, I imag­ine it may be unique.

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