Manufactured in circa 1878. With browned Damascus barrels each engraved with a band of stylized running foliage at the breech end. Broad concave rib with bead front sight, signed “W.W. GREENER. ST. MARY’S WORKS BIRMINGHAM. WINNER AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS. 1875, 1877 & 1878”, and signed at the breech end “PATENT TREBLE WEDGE FAST NO. 3048” towards the scroll engraved rib extension. Casehardened action with Greener patent cross bolt, carved percussion fences and blued toplever. Casehardened rebounding side locks each signed “W.W. GREENER” and with sculpted hammer. Blued trigger guard and steel butt plate with central stippled panel for additional grip. Fine border and scroll engraving throughout. The underside of the barrels and water table with Birmingham “Not For Ball” black powder proof marks, the water table also with Greener “Elephant” trademarks and marked “W.W. GREENER PATENT”. Well figured 14 1/4 inch semi-pistol grip stock with carved arrow shaped drop points, shaped checkered panels to the grip and forearm, and blank silver oval initial escutcheon beneath the butt. The forearm with Anson push button release. Weight 14 lbs. 10 oz. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection
Exceptionally fine overall. The barrels retain 90% plus original finish with some age related storage marks and handling wear. The action retains 70% original casehardened finish, some areas faded with stronger colors in sheltered areas, and the toplever retains 90% original blued finish. The locks retain 97% strong original casehardened finish. Engraving is crisp throughout. The trigger guard shows handling wear with traces of finish remaining and slight softening to the engraving. The butt plate is a light grey patina with a patch of discoloration. The stock has an attractive figure with scattered age related storage and handling marks, bruises and small dents throughout. Checkering remains sharp. Mechanically excellent.
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