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W.W. Greener cased 20-bore F25 grade boxlock SxS hammerless sporting gun circa 1902
26" fluid steel barrels with matte concave rib. Case-hardened Facile Princeps boxlock, reinforced action 20-30% with fine foliate scroll and border engraving. Non-automatic side safety. Greener crossbolt. Extractors. Finely checkered figured walnut half-pistolgrip stock. Vacant silver oval. Later black recoil pad. Finely checkered splinter forend with horn tip. Presented in case marked 'E. R. Wood' on lid. and maker's label reads "W.W. GREENER Gun, Rifle, and Ammunition Maker, winner at all the great London gun trials. Prize Works St. Marys Square Birmingham and 68 Haymarket London S.W'.
Bores: 0.625/0.625". Chokes: 0.026/0.027", Full. Chambers: 2 3/4". Proof: Birmingham, Nitro, 20, 20, 7/8 oz. Max, 20c. Minimum Wall Thickness: 0.029". Stock Dimensions: Pull: 13 1/2". Drop at Comb: 1 5/8". Drop at Heel: 3". Cast: none. Weight: 5 lbs 5 oz. SN 50815. **Subject to State & Federal Firearms Laws**

Other Notes: WILLIAM WELLINGTON GREENER was the second of four sons born to William Greener, Gunmaker (1806-1869). In 1864 W.W. Greener started to manufacture an under-lever, pin-fire, half-cocking breechloader. By 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. W.W. Greener died at the age of 87 in 1923 and the business continued with his sons, Harry and Charles E.
Sometime prior to WW1, E.C. Greener, was invited by the Metropolitan Police to shoot an elephant outside Charing Cross Station. The elephant belonged to a traveling circus and had become restive, uncontrollable, and was duly shot. The head and trunk were presented to Mr. Greener who adopted it as a trademark, and was shown on guns, letterheads, etc. Upon the death of Charles Greener in 1951 the business was under the direction of H. Leyton Greener until it was sold to Webley & Scott, Ltd. The company was reacquired and reestablished by Graham N. Greener and Ken Richardson and once more is in full production.

  • Fine, as partially redone. Barrels show 70-80% bluing with wear losses at breech end. Bright bores. Action shows 70-80% muted case colors with stonger colors on sides. Some screws show marring. Top-tang is proud of wood. Refinished stock shows light handling marks.

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December 13, 2008 10:00 AM EST
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