W.W. Greener 12 bore boxlock ejector SxS sporting gun made in 1883, SN 26415. Appears to be a F-35 or 40; sleeved barrels with game rib; case-hardened Facile Princeps boxlock action heavily engraved with fine foliate scroll with floral details, beaded fences, hold open feature, crossbolt, side safety, ejectors; finely checkered straight stock of figured walnut with 5/8" horn extension, vacant silver oval and finely-checkered forend with horn tip.
choked: L-Improved/Modified R-Improved/Cylinder, chambered: 2 1/2", LOP: 14 1/4"
overall L44 1/2" barrel L28"

Other Notes: William Wellington Greener was the second of four sons born to William Greener, gunmaker 1806-1869. In 1864 W.W. Greener patented and started to manufacture an under-lever, pin-fire half-cocking breech loader and in 1869 he patented a self-acting striker and protection was sought for an over/under gun with laterally opening barrels.

In 1890 he claimed that his factory, which fronted on St. Mary's Row and had spread along Loveday Street to Bath Street was the largest in Britain, and by 1923 the firm of W.W. Greener, Ltd. was to claim that the factory was the largest sporting gun factory in the world. The business continues today under the propriortorship of his descendants.

  • Good condition. Bluing 90% +, minor mark on left barrel 4" from muzzle, some pitting under fore-end, loose on face. Stock with good patina, well- figured and refinished, original checkering, minor loss to wood on upper rear edge of fore-end

    *** Notice to bidders: The absence of a condition report does not imply that an object is free of defects or restoration. All lots are sold 'As Is' and in accordance with the Conditions of Sale. Condition reports and additional photographs are provided by request as a courtesy to our clients. Condition reports are not to be considered substitutes for physical examination by you and/or your advisors. Charlton Hall's specialists are not trained professional conservators or restorers; we urge you to inspect each lot yourself or have your agent do so on your behalf. Prospective buyers should satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc., or its specialists is merely a subjective opinion, notwithstanding written reports or any discussion concerning condition in this catalogue. Prospective buyers should bear in mind that these reports will not disclose any imperfections which may only be revealed during the course of subsequent restoration and/or repair. Buyers are reminded that Charlton Hall Galleries' warranties with respect to property are limited as set forth in our Conditions of Sale and do not extend to condition. Condition reports are provided by request on a 'first come, first served' basis. Requests submitted close to or during the auction may not be completed.

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