Perkes Adams & Co, 15 Swallow Street, Piccadilly, London
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
No. 14208 No 2 of pair.

Date of manufacture: 1895-6

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Perkes and Adams are two of the most famous 'Gunmakers to the London Guntrade' and both were prolific inventors. There work was always of the highest quality and when they came together in this partnership they must have represented a major force in the London guntrade. Unfortunately Thomas Perkes was embroiled in a lengthy and expensive court case with Westley Richards over their ejector patents (which he won) and the expense ruined him, forcing him into bankruptcy in 1898 when he relinquished the business and premises.
Gun no 14208 represents the classic boxlock ejector of its day, incorporating all the normal features but in their very best form and this combined with good barrel measurements and sensitive restoration makes it a pretty and interesting gun for either game or clays.


The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Considerable original hardening colour;
Double triggers bolted by top tang safety slide;
Top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' by way of a 'Scott Spindle';
Top extension giving a 3rd bite;
Deeley ejectors tripped by extensions to the main springs;
Deeley forend catch.
Gun weight 6lb 6oz
Engraving style Border & Scroll with 'Beaded' fences. Toplever engraved 'PATENT EJECTOR'. Forend iron, top rib and toplever engraved '2'.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 ¼ lbs Rear trigger 4 ½ lbs
The damascus barrels are 29" in length, chambered for 2 ½" (65mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs.
Top rib
is a smooth concave style.
London reproof for 65mm nitro powder cartridges in 1989.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.010" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.6mm (0.732")
0.030" (IM)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend
are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast-off for a right handed shot, features a vacant white metal oval on the stock heel and is finished with a well matched ¾" wood extension.
There is evidence of a War Department serial number stamped into the belly of the stock.
The forend features a horn tip and has one inlet repair to its edge.

Well figured walnut

The fine 26 lines per inch chequering is 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 3/4"
15 3/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/16"
1 7/16"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel

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,
Anson & Deeley's safety catch no. 907 of 1879,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Deeley's ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886,
Deeley's forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.