Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2402: W.W. Greener 16 Bore “Facile Princeps” Shotgun

Auction Date: June 11, 2021

Rare Engraved W.W. Greener 16 Bore “Facile Princeps” Double Barrel “Grade G 1” Ejector Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Rare Engraved W.W. Greener 16 Bore “Facile Princeps” Double Barrel “Grade G 1” Ejector Shotgun

Manufacturer: WW Greener
Model: SxS
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16
Barrel: 28 inch
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 437
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 100
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Rating:

OC - FINE- all original parts; over 30% original finish, sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood.

PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED

WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN

Description:

Manufactured c. 1901 using the Baker patent forearm ejector system (British Patent No. 17292 of 1896, use number 222 on this gun). Raised concave rib signed “W.W. GREENER. 62. HAYMARKET. LONDON. WINNER AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS 1875, 1877, 1878 & 1879. GREENER’S WROUGHT STEEL”, numbered “2” of a pair, front bead sight, and engraved with scrollwork at the breech end. Bolstered treble grip action signed “W.W. GREENER” with Greener patent cross bolt and blued toplever. Greener side safety with inlaid “SAFE”. Border and scroll engraving. Birmingham nitro proof marks and Greener “Elephant” trademarks. Figured 13 1/2" walnut straight hand stock checkered dark horn buttplate, dark horn drop points, panels of multipoint checkering. and Anson push button release. Barrel measurements (R/L) modified/improved modified, proved at 17/17, measuring .667+/.666+, 2 1/2" chambers, minimum wall thickness 0.016/0.024. Weight 5 lbs. 14 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

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