Built on the famous Anson & Deeley boxlock action in circa 1900. The blued barrels are engraved with a band of scrollwork at the breech. The matted concave rib is signed “W.W. GREENER. 68 HAYMARKET LONDON & WORKS ST. MARY’S SQUARE. BIRMINGHAM. WINNER AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS 1875, 1877, 1878 & 1879. MADE FOR W. RAWBONE. CAPE TOWN” and has a bead front sight and scrollwork and a vignette of a partridge engraved at the breech end. The casehardened bolstered treble grip action is signed “W.W. GREENER” on each side within a ribbon and has a Greener cross bolt and blued toplever. The blued Greener patent side-mounted safety catch has a gold inlaid “SAFE,” and the blued trigger guard is engraved “GRADE M” on the tang. The whole is engraved with classic English border and scrollwork. The underside of the barrels and the water table have Birmingham nitro proof marks and Greener “Elephant” trademarks, and an import mark is under the forearm. The well-figured semi-pistol grip stock has a diamond horn drop points, a checkered dark horn buttplate, checkered grip and forearm, a blued Anson push-button forearm release, and a blank gold oval initial escutcheon on the underside of the butt. It comes in a brass cornered canvas and leather case lined in burgundy baize with a black leather Greener trade label with gilt lettering and snap caps. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): chambers proved at 70 mm (2 3/4 inches); bore diameter 9 inches from the breech both proved at 18.7 mm (.736 inches) and measured at .737/.735 inches, choke constriction .023/.020 inches; minimum wall thickness .029/.031; 1 5/8 inch drop at comb; 2 7/8 inch drop at heel; 14 7/16 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 8 lbs. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Fine as expertly refinished. The barrels, action and furniture each retain nearly all of their renewed finish and have some light handling and storage marks. The high quality replacement stock with fine figure, sharp checkering, and remains virtually blemish free. The case is good with minor wear mainly on the exterior. Mechanically excellent. This gun was clearly not in worn condition when it was expertly refurbished to a very high standard.
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