Westley Richards & Co, 178 New Bond Street, London
28 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. D9546

Date of manufacture: 1910

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Heritage Guns' Comment

Produced in the heyday of the English hammerless shotgun, this gun is a well-finished and specified example of the Anson & Deeley boxlock that became such a hugely successful design for Westley Richards.
Built originally as a 20g, the barrels were beyond saving when it came to us so we had the gun sleeved using 30" 28g tubes.
With its excellent barrel measurements and sensitive restoration, it is a very safe, pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays


The action is of Anson & Deeley design and features:
Scroll-back action body;
Double triggers bolted by an automatic top tang safety slide;
Broad Westley Richards style top lever operating a 'Purdey Bolt' and 'Doll's Head' extension bolt; 'Deeley' ejectors tripped by slides running from the action knuckle to the main springs,
'Deeley' forend catch.
Gun weight 5lb 14oz
Engraving style
Border and scroll. Yellow metal SAFE. Signed action.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3 lbs Rear trigger 4 ½ lbs
The TIG sleeved 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 proof for 70mm nitro powder cartridges in 2012

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
14mm (0.551")
0.025" approx
0.037" (XF)
Left Barrel
14mm (0.551")
0.025" approx
0.035" (XF)

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are crafted from well figured walnut. The stock is cast off for a right-handed shot, features a white metal escutcheon engraved with a faint 'WS' and is finished with an ebonite butt plate secured with engraved screws. There is an oval inlet to the front of the comb, probably a 'shake' in the original wood. The forend is fitted with a horn tip.

Well figured walnut
The 24 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 5/8"
14 11/16"
14 9/16"
14 15/16"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 1/2"
1 3/4"
2 1/4"
Cast at Comb
Cast at Heel
1/8" (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:
Westley Richards's bolting patent no. 1572 of 1871,
Anson & Deeley's boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
'Purdey Bolt' patent no. 1104 of 1863,
Anson & Deeley's safety catch no. 907 of 1879,
Deeley's ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886,
Deeley's forend fastener patent no. 1422 of 1873.