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I have here a well made Boxlock non-ejector with the number 16136. The data on the maker here states that the William Anson company changed name in 1897 To E Anson and Co. This gun bears 1896 standard of proof. Did the serial numbers continue on from William Anson? It is hard to believe that any Birmingham company churned out 16000 guns in less than 7 year.
His father was a trade maker and no guns bearing his name have been seen. The numbers may have been started by his father a job numbers rather than gun numbers. E Anson numbers started in the 10,000 range and the highest recorded was in the 14,000 range in 1896/7. From 1904 the numbers re-started in the low thousands. I doubt if E Anson produced more than a couple of hundred guns.