John Anderson & Son, 52 Market Place,
Malton, Yorkshire
16 bore Box Lock Ejector
No. 269439

Date of manufacture: 1925-1954

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Heritage Guns' Comment

William Anderson commenced trading in Malton around 1840 and was succeeded by a relation, possibly his son, in 1874. A firm with the same name as upon this gun was trading in Malton until 1997 but now seems to have closed.
One very interesting and unusual feature of this gun is the lack of an 'Anson Pipe' in which the forend catch pushrod usually slides. This is usually integral or at least firmly attached to the forend iron. In this case there is a metal-lined, bored hole in the forend wood itself.
Other than this, Gun no 269439 represents the classic boxlock ejector of its day, incorporating all the normal features but presented in a very attractive package and this combined with excellent barrel measurements and sensitive restoration makes it a pretty and interesting gun for either game or clays.


The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Considerable original hardening colour;
Double triggers bolted by automatic top-tang safety slide;
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of Greener style lever work;
Southgate ejectors tripped by extensions to the cocking dogs;
Anson forend catch.
Gun weight 5lb 14oz
Engraving style
Bold Foliate Scroll surrounding vignettes of a Setter with Partridges and Pointer with Pheasants. Deeply carved Beaded Fences with Vine Leaves and Grapes. White Metal inlaid SAFE.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 3 ¾ lbs
The original steel barrels are 28 1/8" in length, chambered for 2 ¾ " (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. There are a few areas of light pitting in the last 1/3 of barrel length. These have been passivated and should cause no further problems if attention is paid to normal cleaning routines.
Top rib is a smooth concave style.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2013.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
17.2mm (0.677")
0.011" (IC)
Left Barrel
17.0mm (0.669")
0.018" (Mod)

Replacement Straight Hand Stock and Original Splinter Forend
are crafted from figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval and is finished with a cross cut butt. The forend features a horn tip.

Figured walnut

The 20-22 lines per inch chequering is to the normal boxlock design.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English makers. This finish uses no grain fillers to achieve its deep, smooth lustre, only many hours of alternate build and flatting off of the surface.

Approximate stock measurements at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
15 3/8"
15 1/2"
15 3/8"
15 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 1/2"
2 1/8"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
1/16" (approximate)
3/16" (approximate)

For the purposes of these measurements, 'Drop at Face' is the 'drop' measurement taken on a line perpendicular to the
line joining the trigger and centre of the butt at approximately 8" from the trigger (front trigger on a double trigger gun).

Patents Exhibited include:
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
Greener's lever work patent no 3084 of 1873,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Southgate' ejectors patent no. 12314 of 1889,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.