Alexander Henry Ltd, 18 Frederick Street, Edinburgh
& 23 Pall Mall, London

12 bore Bar Action Sidelock Ejector
no. 6892

Year of manufacture: 1895

       
 

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gorgeous sidelock ejector exhibits the very best quality and finishing in keeping with the excellent reputation of this renowned Scottish gunmaker.
Engraved with 100% coverage of intertwined vine leaves, stems and bunches of grapes, the overall effect is simply stunning!
The gun is very original in most respects with a highly figured stock and although sleeved, this has been done using laser technology to achieve an excellent join of the new tubes with the breech piece.
Carefully restored to excellent condition, the result is an extraordinarily pretty and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.
The gun balances 1/4” in front of the knuckle.
Presented in its Maker’s Oak & Leather case with some accessories.

Fantastic value at only $11950

On Consignment in USA with MacNab Fine Firearms


The action is of normal sidelock design and features:
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey’ bolt by way of a ‘Scott’ spindle;
Top rib extension giving a 3rd bite;
9 pin bar action sidelocks;
Interceptor sears; Cocking indicators;
Disc set strikers with locking pins;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic safety top tang slide;
Deeley ejector box; Anson forend catch.
The front trigger (RH barrel) is lightly chequered.
Engraving style Profusely engraved with Vine Leaves & Grapes on a matt background.
Beaded fences. Locks signed ‘ALEXR HENRY LTD’ in a cartouche.
Action flats stamped with Deeley ejector patent details and use number.
Enamelled ‘S’ mounted in silver at the safety slide.
Gold inlaid cocking indicators.
Gun weight 6lb 13oz         
Trigger pulls
measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The laser sleeved, steel to damascus barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 " (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is of the smooth, concave, game type.
Birmingham reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2022.

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)
0.732"
0.030"
0.008"
(Light IC)

Left Barrel

18.5mm  (0.728)
0.731"
0.032"
0.013"
(Light Mod)

The Original Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut and the stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features well defined drop points, a 3/4” leather covered recoil pad and a yellow metal oval with faint traces of engraving.
There are small wood inlays above both lock plates.
The forend features an engraved steel tip.


Highly Figured Walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been freshened to its original sidelock 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 3/4 "
14 7/8"
14 7/8"
15 1/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 5/8"
2"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
Cast at Toe
Negligible
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:
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863;
 'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865;
Purdey 3rd bite patent no. 397 of 1878;
Deeley ejector patent no. 4289 of 1886;

Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.