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Lot 399: W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel “Facile Princeps” Duck Gun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare Engraved W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel “Facile Princeps” Non-Ejector Duck Gun with Case

Estimated Price: $8,000 - $13,000

Rare Engraved W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel “Facile Princeps” Non-Ejector Duck Gun with Case

Manufacturer: WW Greener
Model: Box Lock
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 8
Barrel: 36 inch
Finish: brown/casehardened/blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 246
Class: Antique

Completed in circa 1886, with browned damascus steel barrels with concave rib fitted with a bead front sight, signed “W.W. GREENER. 68 HAYMARKET LONDON. WINNER AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS, 1875, 1877, 1878 & 1879” and “PATENT TREBLE WEDGE FAST NO. 3084” at the rib extension. The underside of the barrels with original Birmingham “NOT FOR BALL” black powder proof marks and Birmingham nitro reproof marks for 3 ¼ inch chamber. Casehardened action engraved with double border lines throughout with flourishes of scrollwork and signed “W.W. GREENER” on each side within a ribbon, the watertable struck with the Greener “Elephant” trademark and “W.W. GREENER PATENT NO. 930”. Blued toplever, action floorplate, patent side-mounted safety catch and trigger guard. Figured 14 ½ inch semi-pistol grip stock including extension and rubber recoil pad, checkered grip and forearm, the last with dark horn tip and Deeley & Edge fastener. Weight 12 lbs. 15.7oz. In brass cornered fitted leather case lined in red baize, the lid with black leather W.W. Greener trade label with gilt lettering. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection

Rating Definition:

Barrels with attractive damascus twist, retaining 90% thinning older rebrowned finish with blued finish to the flats indicating the barrels were at some stage blued (as was the fashion after the common introduction of steel barrels), the rib signature clear but slightly softened. Action retaining 30% fading original casehardened finish, engraving sharp. The toplever, action floorplate, safety catch and trigger guard with older reblued finish. Straight grain semi-pistol grip stock with well defined checkering, cleaned and reoiled with a few scattered light handling marks. Mechanically excellent. Case in good condition, restored at each end.

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