Lawn & Alder, 1 & 2 Brackley Street, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 8075

Approximate date of manufacture: Circa 1896

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is a simply finished example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that had become such a hugely successful design by the last decade of the 19th Century and is still made in great numbers today. The polished action is modestly engraved with border lines and the action is signed by the maker in a cartouche. However, the stock is a very nicely figured piece of walnut and coupled with our sensitive restoration, this boxlock ejector would make a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


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',
'Doll's Head' top rib extension,

Tumbler and sear ejectors to 'Deeley' design tripped by slides
running from the action knuckle to the main springs,
'Deeley' forend catch.
Gun Weight 6lb 12oz
Engraving Style Border engraved with action signed in a cartouche.
As is our custom, Trigger Pulls have been adjusted for 'feel' rather that to any particular pull weight but for the record they measure approximately: Front trigger 3 1/2lbs Rear trigger 3 1/2lbs
The original Steel 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, concave, game type. The tubes are clean and free of any pitting.
London reproof for 70mm 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
18.2mm (0.716")
0.038" Minimum
0.002" (Cyl/Imp)
Left Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.024" Minimum
0.035" (7/8)

The Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. There is a small inlet repair at the immediate rear of the top strap. The stock is very slightly cast off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a traditional lined horn butt plate.

Well figured walnut stock.

The 20 lines per inch chequering freshened to the normal boxlock 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 3/8"
14 1/2"
14 3/8"
14 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
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:
Deeley's ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886,
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,

Deeley's forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.