J Wilkes, 1 Lower James Street, Golden Square, London.
12 bore Box Lock Ejector
no. 4196 (no.1 of pair)
Approximate date of manufacture: 1897

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Heritage Guns Comment

This gun is an unusually finely finished and specified 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 profusely covered with best bold-foliate scroll with the makers name inlaid in gold and this coupled with our sensitive restoration makes it a very pretty and 'shootable' gun for either game or clays.


The action is of classic Anson & Deeley boxlock :
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 top extension,
Tumbler and sear ejectors to 'Deeley' design tripped by slides running from the action knuckle to the main springs..
Gun weight 6lb 5oz
Engraving style Best bold foliate with gold inlay on sides of action. No.1 in gold inlay on top rib, top lever and forend tip.
Trigger pulls measure approximately: Front trigger 3lbs Rear trigger 4lbs

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 2003.

Approximate barrel measurements at date of publication:

Nominal Proof Size
Bore Diameter 9" from Breech
Minimum Wall Thickness
Choke Constriction
Right Barrel
18.4mm (.724")
0.025" Minimum
0.007" (1/4)
Left Barrel
18.5mm (.728")
0.018" Minimum
0.023" (1/2)

Note: The left hand minimum barrel thickness of 0.018" is in a small area near the bottom rib at about 13-14" from the muzzle.. Otherwise the barrel wall thickness is above 0.020". The barrels were subjected to 2 3/4" proof after the barrel work was done and they passed proof without any sign of weakness. Sleeving of the barrels has been considered but since proof had been passed, it was decided to first offer the gun with its original barrels. TIG, so called 'Invisible', sleeving of this gun could be done for an additional £500 on the list price.

Straight Hand Stock and Splinter Forend are the original well figured walnut with well defined drop points and blank oval. The stock is slightly cast off for a right-handed shot.
The butt has been left unfinished for the purchasers choice of style, although the original 'Silvers' recoil pad is available for refitting.

Original well figured walnut

The 24 lines per inch chequering is to normal box lock 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
13 7/8"
13 5/8"
13 7/8"
Drop at Comb
Drop at Face
Drop at Heel
1 7/16"
1 9/16"
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:
Deeley ejectors patent no. 4289 of 1886,
Anson & Deeley boxlock patent no. 1756 of 1875,
Anson & Deeley safety catch no. 907 of 1879,
'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
and last but not least
Henry's snap cap patent no. 3257 of 1870.