J Blanch and Son, 29 Gracechurch Street, London
20 bore Boxlock non-ejector
no. 5763

Approximate date of manufacture: 1882-1896, probably around 1891.

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Heritage Guns' Comment

From such a highly respected maker, this gun is a lovely example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that became such a hugely successful design by the last decade of the 19th Century. The 'Webley Horseshoe Top Lever' action is nicely engraved with border and scroll and this coupled with the replacement barrels, interceptor sears and sensitive restoration makes it a very safe, pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


The action is of combined Webley and Anson & Deeley design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Top lever opening operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Webley Patent Screw Grip',
Three point bolting including top extension,
Deeley patented interceptor sears
and Anson pushrod forend catch.
Gun weight 5lb 2oz
Engraving style
Fine foliate scroll with beaded border.
Top lever engraved 'PATENT'. Yellow metal plate engraved 'SAFE'.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 4 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The replacement steel barrels are 26" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is file cut and is of the 'Churchill' style.
Birmingham proof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 1968.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
0.014" (Mod)
Left Barrel
0.016" (Mod)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval and is finished with a 3/4" leather covered recoil pad.

Highly figured walnut (Leather covered recoil pad not fitted in these photos)

The 24 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
14 3/8"
14 3/8"
14 3/8"
14 11/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
1/4" (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:
Webley & Brain's 'Screw Grip' action patent no 3053 of 1882,
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.