E & G Higham, 9 Ranelagh Street, Liverpool
28 bore Box Lock Non-ejector
no. 22027.

Approximate date of manufacture: Pre-1896

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun represents a rare chance to buy a very nicely finished 28 bore Anson & Deeley boxlock, a design that had become such a hugely successful design by the last decade of the 19th Century. The action is nicely engraved with foliate scroll and this coupled with the beautiful damascus barrels and highly figured walnut stock makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.

Amazing value at only 3490

 

The action is of Anson & Deeley 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'; Hackett snap forend catch.
There are some traces of antique corrosion on internal and external surfaces, these have been passivated.
Gun weight 4lb 13oz
Engraving style Fine foliate scroll. Action bar signed in scrolling banner ‘E&G HIGHAM’.
Beaded fences. Gold inlaid plaque engraved ‘SAFE’.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs.
The rebrowned damascus barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 " (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
There are a few small, vestigial marks in each bore.
Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game type.               
Birmingham reproof for 2 ” nitro powder cartridges in 2018.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

 
Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9"
from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction


Right Barrel

14.0mm (0.551")
0.552"
0.032"
0.003" (Skeet)

Left Barrel

14.2mm (0.559")
0.561"
0.027"
0.024" (Full)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from highly figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right-handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval and is finished with a 1” leather covered recoil pad. The forend is fitted with a finely engraved steel tip.

Highly Figured Walnut

The 24 lines per inch chequering has been freshened to its original design.
The stock is finished with a traditional linseed oil based preparation as used on best guns by one of the top English maker.
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 3/8"
14 1/2"
14 1/2"
14 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 7/16"
1 5/8"
2 3/16"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off at Heel
Negligible
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:
 
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
 'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Hackett’s forend catch patent no. 964 of 1878.