Cogswell & Harrison Ltd, 168 Piccadilly, London
and 26 Avenue de L'Opera, Paris

12 bore Box Lock Ejector
No. 48777

Approximate date of manufacture: 1921

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is a nicely finished and specified example of the famous Cogswell & Harrison version of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become such a hugely successful design by the turn of the 19th Century. The action is covered with border & bold foliate scroll and still displays traces of original colour hardening. The sideplates that became very much the trade mark of this highly respected gunmaking company do great service by not only strengthening the head of the stock but also providing a broad canvas for the engravers art.

Fantastic value at only £1750

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 Greener style lever work,
Three point bolting including Greener cross bolt extension,
'Avante Tout' patent ejector mechanism actuated by a rocking lever cocked by the movement of the main spring,
'Assisted Opening' when unfired,
'Hackett' style snap-on forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 11oz approx Engraving style Border and Bold Foliate Scroll.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 4 ½ lbs
The 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 sunken, concave type, often described as 'swamped'.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2009.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.9mm (0.744")
0.026" Minimum
0.010" (1/4)
Left Barrel
18.8mm (0.740")
0.024" Minimum
0.021" (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 with a slightly swept comb resulting in it being near parallel to the barrels, is fitted with a vacant escutcheon and features a cross cut butt that exhibits signs of balancing work. The stock had several nonstructural, longitudinal shakes in the wood which have been stabilized.
Well figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been 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 1/2"
14 3/4"
14 5/8"
15 1/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 3/4"
2 3/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
1/8" (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:

Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Greener's lever work and cross bolt top extension patent no.
3090 of 1874,
E. Harrison's ejectors patent no. 11550 of 1888,
Hackett's forend fastener patent no. 964 of 1878.