J Blanch & Son. 29 Gracechurch Street, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 6723

Approximate date of manufacture: 1910

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is an well-finished example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become the backbone of the English gun trade after the turn of the 19th Century and represent a rare opportunity to acquire a gun rebarrelled by the makers. The action is fully covered with fine bouquet and scroll and this coupled with our sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


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,
Ejectors to 'Southgate' design tripped by the cocking dogs.
Gun weight 6lb 6 1/2oz
Engraving style Fine scroll and bouquets.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 5lbs Rear trigger 5lbs

The replacement steel barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.
The gun was rebarrelled by the makers in 1959.

The gun was London reproved to 2 3/4" (70mm) in 2004.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
0.034" Minimum
0.009" (1/4)
Left Barrel
0.028" Minimum
0.012" (1/4)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut with a 'Silvers' recoil pad fitted, well defined drop points and a blank oval.. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot.

Highly figured walnut stock.

The 18 lines per inch chequering freshened 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 7/8"
14 7/8"
15 1/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 11/16"
2 1/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
1/2" (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's ejector patent no. 12314 of 1889,
Anson & Deeley boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,

Anson & Deeley safety catch no. 907 of 1879,
Mills' top extension patent no. 4980 of 1878
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872

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