The Anson & Deeley shotgun action was huge turning point in breech loading, double barrel shotguns. Patented in 1875, it was an elegant design, simple to make and reliable in the field. That’s why so many makers have borrowed for their shotguns over the last 125 years.
Of all these makers, the Germans and Prussian may have done the most to make the A & D action their own. With shotguns like this Lindner-made, Charles Daly Diamond-grade and this J.P. Sauer Deluxe grades like this, Anson & Deeley’s original ideas were retained. But the style and refinement of the action was pushed to a new level.
F.W. Heym is another German maker who did a lot to refine the Anson & Deeley’s boxlock, and in the .410 side-by-side shown here, you can see how they turned the prosaic into something special.
Founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Heym in July 1865, the company is still around today. Back before World War II, a lot of their side-by-side and over-under shotguns were made for this country and imported into the US by Sloan’s Sporting Goods. The double you see here was retailed through Sloan’s NYC store, and I’m sure it was a pricey shotgun in its day. As you can see, it still is expensive. But given it’s quality, condition, and configuration, I bet it won’t be around for long.
Here’s more about it from the seller:
F.W. Heym, Pre War, SXS , 410 Bore: Boxlock ejector with sideplates. Made in 1928 and imported by Sloan’s Sporting Good, NY. 28″, IC & MOD, 3″ chambers, double triggers, ejectors. Excellent plus original condition. 5LB 7 OZ. 2 1/2 X 1 1/2 X 14 3/4. Price: $22,500.00