Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1436: W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel Toplever Hammer Duck Gun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Very Fine Engraved and Gold Inlaid W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel Toplever Hammer Duck Gun with Case

Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Very Fine Engraved and Gold Inlaid W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel Toplever Hammer Duck Gun with Case

Manufacturer: WW Greener
Model: Double Barrel
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 8
Barrel: 36 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/gold/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 648
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 216
Class: Antique

Manufactured in circa 1894, this late production hammer gun features blacked Damascus barrels signed “W.W. GREENER. 68 HAYMARKET LONDON & ST. MARYS SQUARE BIRMINGHAM. WINNER AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS 1875, 1877, 1878 & 1879” on the raised concave rib, large bead front sight, the breech ends of the barrels, rib and rib extension engraved with scrollwork heightened with gold inlaid lines. Casehardened treble wedge fast action with carved percussion fences and with relief inlaid gold crocodile on the underside and signed above each lock “W.W. GREENER” in gold. Rebounding sidelocks each with gold inlaid border line and relief inlaid gold water fowl. Border and scroll engraving throughout. Figured semi-pistol grip 13 3/4 inch stock including rubber recoil pad, and with checkered grip and forearm, the latter with dark horn tip and casehardened Deeley & Edge fastener. The underside of the butt with blank silver oval initial escutcheon. Barrels and action with Birmingham nitro reproof marks and are struck with the Greener “Elephant” trade mark. Weight 12 lbs. 15.7 oz. In substantial brass cornered oak and leather fitted case lined in red baize, the lid with printed W.W. Greener trade label, price list and label detailing honors won with W.W. Greener guns. With accessories including three W.W. Greener horn handled turnscrews, a large nickeled W.W. Greener oiler, a W.W. Greener large bore takedown cleaning rod, and a pair of 8 bore snap caps. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good as professionally refinished throughout with later engraving and gold inlay. Barrels retain 97% blacked finish, some slight muzzle rub, rib signature softened, outer edge of left muzzle with slight dent. This slight dent does not affect the bores or muzzle as the barrel walls are extremely thick, the barrels alone weigh 7 lbs. 11 oz. which gives an indication of how solid this big bore gun is. Action and locks with very crisp engraving and nearly all of the bright casehardened finish. Gold inlay in very good condition although not great quality. Stock very good with crisp checkering. Recent case in excellent condition with period Greener labels. The Greener branded accessories of recent manufacture are in excellent condition. Mechanically excellent.

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