William Evans from Purdey, 4 Pall Mall Place, London
12 bore Box Lock Non-ejector
no. 2510
(No. 2 of a pair)
Year of manufacture: 1892

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun, by one of the leading London gunmakers, 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. The action is nicely covered with best foliate scroll and the 'makers name in a banner and this coupled with our sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.
This is a rare chance to acquire a fine condition gun by a famous London gunmaker at a sensible price.


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' by way of a 'Scott Spindle',
Three point bolting including Webley 'Screw-grip' top extension,
Anson's push rod forend catch.
Gun Weight 6lb 6oz
Engraving Style Best foliate scroll with 'makers name in a banner. No. 2 on trigger guard, top lever, top rib and forend iron.
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 5lbs

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 the smooth, concave, game type.
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
18.5mm (0.728")
0.034" Minimum
0.005" (Imp Cyl)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (0.728")
0.029" Minimum
0.029" (3/4)

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 horn butt plate.

Well figured walnut stock.

The 20 lines per inch chequering freshened to the normal boxlock design with well defined drop points.
The stock is finished with a traditional, hand rubbed linseed oil preparation as used on best guns by many of the top English makers.

Approximate stock measurements (including pad) at date of publication:

Pull to Heel
Pull to Bump
Pull to Centre
Pull to Toe
14 3/4"
14 7/8"
14 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 5/8"
2 1/8"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/16" (approximate)
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,
Webley & Brain 'Screw-grip' top extension patent no. 3053 of 1882,

'Scott Spindle' patent no. 2752 of 1865,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872