Charles Osborne & Co,
10 York Buildings, Adelphi, London.
16 bore Box Lock Non-Ejector
No. 41069

Date of manufacture: pre-1897

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Charles Osborne commenced trading under his own name in around 1845 in Lichfield Street, Birmingham but by 1855 he was in Whittall Street, Birmingham where he maintained premises right up until 1928 when the business was acquired by Skimin & Wood, a highly respected gunmaker to the trade. He first opened for business in London in 1881, situated in the City of London, moving to the vicinity of Houses of Parliament in 1885 and then a final move to the address on this gun's barrels in 1899 where he stayed until the business left London in 1928. A study of the company name and address on the gun's barrels confirm that this gun was rebarrelled shortly after the turn of the century but had been manufactured prior to 1896: Charles Osborne became a Limited company in 1896 (hence the addition of 'Ltd' to the name on later guns) but the barrel's address dates from after 1909. However, the proof marks date to 1896-1904 and one possible explanation is that the gun was rebarrelled before 1904 but was left 'in the white' until some time after 1909.
The gun number, which is from the later period, was originally only found on the barrel loop but we had it copied to the trigger guard to help in identification.
The gun represents the classic boxlock of its day, delightfully simple and reliable, and this combined with excellent barrel measurements and sensitive restoration makes it a pretty gun for either game or clays.



The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Double triggers bolted by automatic top-tang safety slide;
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';
Third bite in the form of a Scott style 'Doll's Head' top rib extension;
Anson forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 1oz
Engraving style Bold Foliate Scroll, Beaded Fences. Gold inlaid 'SAFE'.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 4 lbs
The replacement damascus barrels are 27 5/8" in length, chambered for 2 ¾ " (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is a smooth concave style.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2013.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
17.0mm (0.669")
0.007" (IC)
Left Barrel
17.0mm (0.669")
0.020" (Mod)

Original 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, well-defined drop points and is finished with a horn butt plate secured with engraved screws.
The forend
features an engraved steel diamond & tip.

Highly Figured walnut

The 22 lines per inch chequering has been 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 1/4"
14 7/16"
14 7/16"
14 7/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 1/4"
Cast-off at Comb
Cast-off 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:
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.