Alexander Henry, 12 South Street,
Andrew Street, Edinburgh
& London
16 bore Boxlock Non-ejector no. 6757

Year of manufacture: 1893

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This ‘Sweet 16’ Anson & Deeley boxlock exhibits very best finishing in keeping with the excellent reputation of this renowned Scottish gunmaker. The gun is very original in most respects with a nicely figured stock and fine 30” damascus barrels but when we acquired it, the forend was sadly missing: wood, iron and all! It took me some 18 months to find a donor forend that could be reworked to fit and a further 6 months of stealing an hour here and there to shape, re-chequer, engrave to match and perfect cocking function. However, I am sure you will agree that the effort was well worth it as we now have a fully functional gun with little to suggest that it is not all original.
Other than this, I have given the gun a thorough make-over: new pins where necessary,
re-finished barrels and stock and the result is a very pretty
and highly 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey’ type bolt by way of a ‘Scott’ spindle;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic safety top slide; Interceptor sears;
Beaded fences; Anson forend catch.

The front trigger (RH barrel) is lightly chequered.
The gun balances ” in front of the hinge pin.
Engraving style
Best Foliate Scroll.
Action bar signed ‘ALEXR HENRY in a cartouche.
Much elaborate border work including rope-work on the triggerguard bow.
Action flats stamped with A&D patent use number.
Action and barrels flats stamped ‘A.H.’.      
Gun weight
5lb 13oz
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs

The re-browned, damascus barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 " (65mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is of the smooth, concave, game type. There is some vestigial pitting in both barrels and a short scratch in the RH barrel, a little fore of the chamber.
Birmingham reproof for 2 ” nitro powder cartridges 1941 to 1950.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
16 (0.662")
Left Barrel
16 (0.662")
0.021" (Mod)

The Original Straight Hand Stock and Replacement Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut and the stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features well defined drop points,
a 1” leather covered recoil pad and a vacant yellow metal oval.
The forend features an engraved steel tip and Anson pushrod forend catch.

Well figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been freshened to a normal, boxlock design.
he 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 7/8"
15 1/8"
15 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 3/8 "
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/4" approx.

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,
Anson's interceptor sear patent no. 4089 of 1882,

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