Alfred Sanders, 79 Bank Street, Maidstone, Kent
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 1361

Approximate date of manufacture: Circa 1930

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is a finely 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 action is profusely covered with very bold foliate scroll with chiseled oak leaves on the 'ball' fences. Interestingly, at about the time that this gun was made, the managing director of Alfred Sanders was J H Fraser, the son of Daniel Fraser the famous Edinburgh gunmaker, which maybe explains the exuberant engraving on this provincial 'maker's gun. Coupled with our sensitive restoration, its fabulous condition makes this boxlock ejector very pretty and 'shootable' 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',
'Southgate' or 'Over Centre' ejectors triped by cocking dogs.
Gun Weight 6lb 6oz
Engraving Style Very bold foliate with oak leaves on fences.
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 4 1/2lbs Rear trigger 5 1/2lbs
The original Steel Barrels are 28" 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
18.7mm (0.736")
0.023" Minimum
0.007" (1/4)
Left Barrel
18.8mm (0.740")
0.021" Minimum
0.018" (1/2)

The replacement Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot and is finished with a traditional chequered butt.

Well figured replacement walnut stock.

The 22 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 7/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 5/8"
1 3/4"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (approximate)
3/8" (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:
'Southgate' ejectors patent no. 12314 of 1889,
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,

Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872