William Moore & Grey, 165 Piccadilly, London W
12 bore Box Lock Non-ejector no. 4769
Approximate date of manufacture: Pre-1896

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Heritage Guns' Comment

This gun is a beautifully 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 delightfully engraved with bold scroll and borders and the action is signed by the maker. Furthermore, the stock is a very nicely figured piece of walnut and coupled with our sensitive restoration, this boxlock ejector would make a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.



The Action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide, Gold inlaid 'SAFE', Top lever opening, operating a 'Purdey Bolt' via a 'Scott Spindle', 'Doll's Head' top rib extension with 3rd bite, 'Anson' pushrod forend catch.
Gun Weight: 6lb 10 oz
Engraving Style:
Bold foliate scroll and border.
Trigger Pulls approximately: Front trigger 4lbs Rear trigger 4lbs
The Damascus Barrels are 30" in length, chambered for 2 ¾" (70mm) cartridges and are of brazed 'dovetail' lump construction with soft soldered ribs. There are several small vestigial pits in both barrels, mainly towards the muzzles. Top rib is of the smooth, concave, game 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")
0.007" (IC)
Left Barrel
18.7mm (0.736")
0.019" (1/2)

The Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is lightly cast off for a right-handed shot, features an ornately engraved escutcheon (possible CNP) and is finished with a leather covered recoil pad.

Well figured walnut

The 18 lines per inch chequering is 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 3/8"
14 5/16"
14 3/4"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 5/8"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/16" (approximate)
1/4" (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,
Anson's forend fastener patent no. 3791 of 1872.