William P Jones, 25 Whittall Street, Birmingham
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 14458
Approximate date of manufacture: 1891-96

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is a fabulously finished and specified example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become such a hugely successful design by the last decade of the 19th Century and represent a very rare opportunity to acquire such a fine gun in its original maker' case. The action is profusely covered with best fine foliate scroll, bouquets and animals and this coupled with our sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.

As mentioned above, this gun comes complete with a its original maker's oak and leather case fitted with new straps. Internally, the case is fitted out with new ebony and brass tools including 3 turnscrews mounted in a hand made oak block and a two part cleaning rod. The case is further equipped with a pewter oil bottle and set of cleaning tools in a leather wallet.

The Heritage Guns' package would not be complete without its unique leather bound Companion and a hand crafted pair of personalised Heritage Guns Damascus snapcaps.


The action is of Anson & Deeley boxlock design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide,
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt',
Three point bolting including Greener's top extension,
Side clips,
Scroll back action,
Interceptor sears,

Ejectors to W Baker's design, tripped by slides running from the action knuckle to the breasts of the tumblers.
Original Maker's case.
Gun weight 6lb 6oz
Engraving style Quite superb, best fine scroll with game scenes, urns, bouquets and trade mark on base plate. Engraved breech ends.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 4 1/2lb, Rear trigger 4 1/2lb

The sleeved steel barrels are 28" in length, chambered for 2 3/4" (70mm) cartridges and are of chopper lump construction with soft soldered ribs. The sleeving if by TIG welding, so called 'Invisible Sleeving'. Top rib is of chequered, flat type, a recognised W P Jones feature.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2004.

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")
0.036" Minimum
0.007" (ImpCyl)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.032" Minimum
0.020" (1/2)

The Half Pistol Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from very highly figured walnut with its original horn butt plate and engraved pins. The stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot.

Very highly figured walnut.

The 24 lines per inch chequering is to a slightly unusual boxlock design with well defined drop points and blank oval.
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 1/4"
14 1/2"
14 1/4"
14 11/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 9/16"
1 3/4"
2 3/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/16" (approximate)
1/4" (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:
Baker's ejector patent no. 17272 of 1890
Greener's cross bolt top extension patent no.
3090 of 1874,
Anson's interceptor sear patent no. 4089 of 1882,

Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,

Anson & Deeley's safety catch no. 907 of 1879,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872,

and last but not least
Henry's snap cap patent no. 3257 of 1870.