Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1420: W.W. Greener 8 Bore “Facile Princeps” Double Barrel Duck Gun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Fine and Rare Panel Game Scene Engraved W.W. Greener 8 Bore “Facile Princeps” Double Barrel “Grade FT30” Non-Ejector Duck Gun

Estimated Price: $10,000 - $15,000

Fine and Rare Panel Game Scene Engraved W.W. Greener 8 Bore “Facile Princeps” Double Barrel “Grade FT30” Non-Ejector Duck Gun

Manufacturer: WW Greener
Model: Grade F
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 8
Barrel: 32 inch
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 341
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Catalog Page: 210
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Bore Condition: -

Made in circa 1904. With blued barrels each engraved with a geometric design band at the breech end. Raised flat matted rib with bead front sight, signed “W.W. GREENER. MAKER. 68. HAYMARKET. LONDON. WORKS ST. MARY’S SQUARE. BIRMINGHAM.”, and with rib extension. Treble grip bolstered action signed “W.W. GREENER” on each side, with blued action floor plate, Greener cross bolt and blued toplever. Blued side mounted Greener patent safety catch with inlaid “SAFE” and blued trigger guard engraved “GRADE FT30”. The whole engraved with fine scrollwork, rosettes and vignettes involving ducks and geese. The underside of the barrels and the water table with Birmingham nitro proof marks and Greener “Elephant” trademarks. Well figured 14 3/4 inch semi-pistol grip stock including 1 3/4 inch leather wrapped recoil pad, and checkered grip and forearm, the latter with Deeley & Edge fastener and dark horn tip. The underside of the butt with blank gold oval initial escutcheon. Weight 11 lbs. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Barrels retaining 98% reblued finish beginning to turn to plum, the rib signature sharp as is the decorative band engraved at the breech ends. Action with a light grey patina, crisp engraving, casehardened finish present to the water table and inside of forearm iron. Trigger guard and action floor plate with nearly all of the reblued finish and crisp engraving. Attractive high figure stock with well defined checkering, reoiled, some rubbing to the edges of the leather covered recoil pad. Mechanically excellent.

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