Alfred J Parker, Regent Street, Birmingham
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
No visible number

Approximate date of manufacture: 1904-1921

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is a nicely 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. The action is covered with border & foliate scroll and this coupled with the sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays. It should be noted that this gun is some 8oz heavier than most boxlocks of this type and might be particularly suitable for shooting slightly heavier loads or substantial numbers of cartridges.


The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang, fully chequered safety slide,
Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle',
Three point bolting including top extension,
'Deeley' ejectors tripped by a slide keyed to the main spring,
'Anson' forend pushrod catch.
Gun weight 7lb approx Engraving style Border and scroll.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ½ lbs Rear trigger 4 ½ lbs
The 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 'engine-turned', concave type.
London reproof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2009.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.026" Minimum
0.006" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.024" Minimum
0.021" (1/2)

'Prince of Wales' Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from nicely figured walnut. The stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot, is fitted with a vacant escutcheon and is finished with a traditional horn butt plate. There is a chip to the toe of the stock and a small inlay just behind the escutcheon.
Nicely figured walnut

The 24 lines per inch chequering has been freshened to the normal boxlock design with well defined drop points. 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 1/16"
14 1/4"
14 1/4"
14 5/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 7/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
Negligible (approximately)
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,
Scott's top extension patent no. 1902 of 1875,
Deeley's ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.