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Side Safe A&D

The original paent had a safety for each lock?

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Guns & Gunmakers|December 2021

Readers will be familiar with the Anson & Deeley boxlock. It is arguably the mot successful double gun design yet devised.

It emerged from the Birmingham workshops of Westley Richards in 1875 and has been copied by just about every major maker of sporting guns in the decades since.

Though most sportsmen will have seen, handled or shot an Anson & Deeley gun, few will have seen one with a side safety on either side of the action. This feature was actualy illustrated in the original patent drawings but rarely made.

The example below, by T. Newton, has most of the features of a Westley Richards, noting the bolted top-lever, the single lump and the doll's head rib-extension. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the patent use number, which should be stamped on teh flats, but it is early, probably 1876-1878.

An early Anson & Deeley gun by Newton, showing the Westley Richards bolting top-lever and doll's head, single-lump and a safety catch either side of the action.

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