John Blanch and Son, 29 Gracechurch Street, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 6129
Approximate date of manufacture: pre-1898.

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is an unusually finely finished and specified example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become such a hugely successful design by the last decade of the 19th Century. The action is unusual in having a scalloped back as Blanch usually kept to flat-back actions even in his very best boxlocks. The gun is fitted with interceptor sears and with its original steel barrels and our sensitive restoration, it is a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.
Presented in a Brady, leather trimmed, canvas case with an original Maker’s label and some accessories.


The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features: 
Scallop-back action body; Interceptor sears;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';  
Top rib extension providing a third bite;
Deeley ejector box;
Anson pushrod forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 11oz
Engraving style Open foliate scroll.
Action bar signed in scrolling banner ‘J BLANCH & SON LONDON’. Gold inlaid ‘SAFE’.
Action flats stamped with ‘PAT-14526-84 NO A 1440’ referring to the Deeley Ejector patent.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs.
The original steel barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 " (70mm) cartridges
and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.               
Birmingham proof for 2 ” nitro powder cartridges in 2021.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9"
from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction

Right Barrel

0.004" (Skeet)

Left Barrel

0.019" (Mod)

Replacement Straight Hand Stock and original Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot and features well-defined drop points, a vacant white metal oval and is finished with a traditional 7/8” leather covered recoil pad.
There is a small inlet repair to the forend wood within the chequering pattern and it is fitted with a finely engraved steel tip.

Highly Figured Walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering is refreshed 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 3/4"
14 7/8"
15 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 9/16"
2 1/8"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
1/8" (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:
‘Deeley’s’ ejectors patent no. 14526 of 1884,
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
 'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Anson & Deeley's safety catch no. 907 of 1879,
Scott's top extension patent no. 1902 of 1875,
Anson's interceptor sear patent no. 4089 of 1882,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.