J Blanch & Son. 29 Gracechurch Street, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 6286

Approximate date of manufacture: 1896-1897

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is an unusually good condition 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 covered with best bold foliate scroll 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.
The gun is very finely finished and also retains its original pins throughout which confirms that it has not been the victim of untrained hands during its 100+ years of use. One point of interest is the gun's novel ejector trip mechanism coupled with the ubiquitous 'over-centre' ejector mechanism both of which are usually attributed to Thomas Southgate. This ejector trip works on the rotation of the cocking dog rather than the fall of the tumbler which therefore isolates it from the relative positions of the trigger sear and tumbler, a major complication in the regulation of boxlock ejectors. However, it also features a very small amount of engagement with the ejector kicker which makes it susceptible to wear.


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,
Over-centre ejectors to 'Southgate' design tripped by rockers
working on the rotation of the cocking dogs.
Gun Weight Please contact us
Engraving Style Best bold foliate..
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 5lbs Rear trigger 4 1/2lbs

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. The bores are clean and free of any pitting.
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")
0.029" Minimum
0.014" (3/8)
Left Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.023" Minimum
0.020" (1/2)

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

Well figured walnut stock & forend.

The 22 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 9/16"
14 5/8"
14 5/8"
15 3/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 7/8"
2 3/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
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:

'Southgate' ejectors patent no. 12314 of 1889,
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.