Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3400: Edwinson Green & Son .500 Double Barrel Rifle

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Exotic Panel Game Scene Engraved Edwinson Green & Son .500 (Black Powder Express) Double Barrel Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Rifle with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Exotic Panel Game Scene Engraved Edwinson Green & Son .500 (Black Powder Express) Double Barrel Rotary Underlever Big Game Hammer Rifle with Case

Manufacturer: Green E
Model: Double Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 500 Black Powder Express
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 220
Class: Antique

This fine double big game rifle was built in circa 1895 by the highly respected maker Edwinson Charles Green & Son based near the Cotswolds in the southwest of England. Green was an innovative maker who patented an early hammerless shotgun, various revolver designs, a three barrel shotgun, and an over and under shotgun which was adopted by Purdey prior to their involvement with James Woodward. The blued barrels are each engraved with a band of stylized foliage at the breech end. The raised flat file cut matted rib is signed “EDWINSON GREEN & SON. MAKERS. CHELTENHAM & GLOUCESTER” and has a ramped bead front sight, blued rear sight of one standing notch sight and one folding notch leaf sight each with platinum inlaid center line, and a doll’s head extension. The action has carved percussion fences, Jones patent underlever, trigger plate and trigger guard. The rebounding back action locks are signed “E.C. GREEN & SON”. The whole has border and scroll engraving. The locks respectively have vignettes of a lion on the right and a tiger on the left. The underside of the barrels and water table are struck with London black powder proof marks. Figured walnut pistol grip stock with a silver oval mounted with a cairngorm on the bottom of the rounded grip, dark horn heel and toe plates, and checkered butt, grip and forearm, the latter with Deeley & Edge fastener. The underside of the butt has a blank silver round initial escutcheon and sling eye. A corresponding sling eye is fitted beneath the barrels. The brass cornered oak and leather fitted case is lined in red baize and has a large printed Edwinson C. Green trade label inside the lid and the exterior of the lid marked for “A.W. Chitty”. Chitty's identity is not documented, but there was an A.W. Chitty who was an officer in India and Africa in the late 19th century and early 20th century, and this double rifle would have been fitting for a gentleman stationed in those areas. 14 3/8 inch length of pull. Weight 10 lbs. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrels retain near 100% reblued finish with sharp file cutting to the rib and crisp signature and minor marks and scratches. The action and locks retain slight traces of original faded casehardened finish and have crisp engraving. The stock has numerous age related storage and handling marks and well-defined checkering. The forearm wood is likely a working period replacement. Mechanically excellent. The case has been relined, the exterior is age stained and marked, the ends of lid are restored, and the straps are replaced.

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