John Dickson & Son, 63 Princes Street, Edinburgh
12 bore Round Action Ejector
no. 4760 (No 2 of pair)

Year of production: 1895

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is a lovely example of the round action shotguns that Dickson is famed for.
Exhibiting all the normal features of this highly desirable design, the gun has survived the last 110 years particularly well: still carrying its original, highly figured wood and beautifully crisp engraving. Sadly the gun had terribly thin and damaged barrels when we brought it into our workshops so we have had them TIG sleeved to their original length. Balance point is now 4 7/8" from the front trigger (3/4" in front of hinge pin centre). We have carefully cleaned and regulated the internal mechanism including fitting new top lever and ejector springs. Coupled with excellent barrel and stock dimensions, this makes her a very pretty and safe gun for either game or clays.

Presented in a brass cornered, leather case with reproduction trade label and some accessories.



The action is of Dickson's design and features:
Double triggers;
Rounded action bar with Dickson's patent cocking slide;
Gold washed cocking indicators;
Top tang mounted automatic safety slide;
Finely chiselled fences with Acanthus leaf design;
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';
Top rib extension with third bite;
Dickson's patent ejectors;
Anson forend catch.

Engraving style Best Foliate Scroll; 'JOHN DICKSON & SON PATENT' in scrolling banner on action bar; Gold inlayed SAFE on top tang; Fences chiselled with Acanthus leaves; '2' engraved on toplever, forend iron and top rib
Gun weight 6lb 7oz
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 ½ lb
The TIG sleeved, steel to damascus barrels are 29" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib is of smooth, concave game type.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2015.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.030" Minimum
0.012" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.033" Minimum
0.021" (Mod)

The Straight-hand Grip Stock and Splinter Forend (thought to be originals) are crafted from highly figured walnut.
The forend
features a finely engraved steel tip and inlaid silver '2'.
The stock
is finished with chequered butt, features a gold oval engraved with an unidentified crest and it would appear that the stock has been bored and plugged for balance within the chequering pattern. The stock is cast-off for a right-handed shot and has a few small dents and marks.

Highly figured walnut

The 18-20 lines per inch chequering has been freshened to its original pattern.
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 5/8"
14 1/2"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 9/16"
1 5/8"
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:
Dickson's cocking patent no. 294 of 1880;
Dickson's ejector patent 10621 of 1887;
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865;
Scott's top extension patent no. 1902 of 1875;
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.