J Blanch & Son. 29 Gracechurch Street, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 6241

Approximate date of manufacture: 1896-1897

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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 profusely covered with best bold-foliate scroll and bouquets as was the norm for this highly respected but little known gunmaker and this coupled with our sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.
Since this gun's original stock listing, we have further improved this already superb gun by removing the last vestigial pitting and reproofing and by the fitting of a Silver's traditional recoil pad.


The Action is of 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 'Scott Spindle',
Three point bolting including top extension,
Tumbler and sear ejectors to 'Deeley' design tripped by slides running from the action knuckle to the main springs.
Gun Weight 6lb 6oz
Engraving Style Best bold foliate and bouquets.
As is our custom, Trigger Pulls have been adjusted for 'feel' rather that to any particular pull weight but for the record they measure approximately: Front trigger 4 1/2lbs Rear trigger 3 3/4lbs

The original Steel Barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type. All pitting has been removed, leaving only the faintest of marks in the left barrel.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2005.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.028" Minimum
0.011" (1/4)
Left Barrel
18.8mm (0.740")
0.022" Minimum
0.021" (1/2)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured 'Tiger Stripe' walnut. The stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a traditional 'Silvers' recoil pad.

Highly figured 'Tiger Stripe' walnut stock.

The 20 lines per inch chequering freshened to the normal boxlock design with well defined drop points.
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 (including pad) at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 7/8"
15 1/16"
15 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 5/8"
2 3/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast 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:

Deeley's ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886,
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 forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872

and last but not least
Henry's snap cap patent no. 3257 of 1870.