John R Hanson, Maker, Lincoln
16 bore Box Lock Non Ejector
no. 1969

Approximate date of manufacture: pre 1896

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is a very attractive 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 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.


The Action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Concave Action back,

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,
Hackett's Snap-on forend fastener.
Gun Weight 5lb 10oz
Engraving Style Best bold foliate.
Trigger Pulls can be adjusted to customers specifications.

The original Bold Damascus 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, flat style. The bores are clean and free of any pitting.
London reproof for 65mm nitro powder cartridges in 2006.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
17.2mm (0.677")
0.014" Minimum
0.025" (5/8)
Left Barrel
17.2mm (0.677")
0.016" Minimum
0.030" (3/4)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a 1" wood extension.

Well figured walnut stock & forend.

The 22 lines per inch chequering to the normal boxlock design with well defined drop points.
The stock is lightly finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation.

Approximate stock measurements (including extension) 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"
14 15/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 3/8"
1 5/8"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
3/8" (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,
'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,
Hackett's forend fastener patent no. 964 of 1878.