William Cashmore, 130 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham
16 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 2228

Approximate date of manufacture: 1887 - 1896

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Heritage Guns comment:

This gun is a fabulously 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 and represent a very rare opportunity to acquire such a fine small bore gun from this highly respected maker. The action is profusely covered with best fine foliate scroll and this coupled with our sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays. The gun was originally made as a 12 gauge ejector but rather than sleeve it to 12 gauge, we changed it to a 30", 2 ¾" chamber, 16 gauge.

gun by this famous Birmingham gunmaker at only £3290

The action is of Anson & Deeley boxlock 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, Interceptor sears,
'Deeley' ejectors, 'Rigby' lever forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 9oz Engraving style Best fine foliate scroll.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2lbs, Rear trigger 4 1/2lbs.
The sleeved steel to Damascus barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of dovetail construction with soft soldered ribs. The sleeving if by TIG welding, so called 'Invisible Sleeving'. Top rib is of concave game type. London proof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2007.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
16.9mm (0.665)
0.030" Minimum
0.010" (1/4)
Left Barrel
16.9mm (0.665)
0.028" Minimum
0.021" (1/2)

The Half Pistol Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut and the stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot. The butt plate is a sculpted pinless ½" ebonite plate and the grip is fitted with a fluted horn cap secured by an engraved pin

Highly figured walnut stock.


The 22 lines per inch chequering is to a borderless boxlock design with well defined drop points and blank oval which is located on the heel of the stock. 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 1/2"
14 5/8"
14 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 3/4"
2 1/2"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
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:

Deeley's ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886, Anson's interceptor sear patent no. 4089 of 1882,
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,
modified Mills' top extension patent no. 4980 of 1878,
Charles Harvey's 'Rigby' forend fastener patent no. 1793 of 1866.