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     LOT 1420
Fine and Rare Panel Game Scene Engraved W.W. Greener 8 Bore “Facile Princeps” Double Barrel “Grade FT30” Non-Ejector Duck Gun - Serial no. 53524, 8 gauge, 32 inch bbl., blue/
casehardened finish, walnut stock. 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.
CONDITION: 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.
Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.
Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000
LOT 1421
Very Fine W. & C. Scott & Son 12 Bore “The Premier” Double Barrel Sidelock Ejector Shotgun with Spectacular Panel Game Scene Engraving
and Case - Serial no. 76906, 12 gauge, 27 1/2 inch solid rib bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. The
engraving to the action and locks is a masterclass in Edwardian
British game scene with finely detailed panels involving numerous species of British
game bird and waterfowl in their naturalistic habitats. With blued barrels respectively signed “W.&C. SCOTT & SON. MAKERS. THE PREMIER” and “78, SHAFTESBURY AVENUE. LONDON” on the tubes and engraved with scrollwork at the breech ends. Concave rib with bead sight and engraved with scrollwork and signed “SCOTT’S IMPROVED BOLT” at the breech end. The underside of the barrels each struck with Birmingham nitro proof and London nitro reproof marks. Casehardened rounded bar side-clipped action with cross bolt, blued toplever and automatic safety. The face of the action with gas escape grooves, and the watertable signed “THE PREMIER GUN” and “W.&C. SCOTT & SON/MAKERS”. Casehardened locks each signed “W.&C. SCOTT & SON” and with blued pins. Furniture comprising casehardened trigger plate and blued trigger guard. Finely engraved throughout with scrollwork surrounding fabulous panel game scenes, the fences fine low relief engraving of leaves against a matted ground. Finely figured semi-pistol grip stock including 1 1/8 inch leather wrapped butt pad, with carved drop points and checkered panels to the grip and forearm, the latter with Anson push button release, and the wrist inset with gold shield shaped initial escutcheon engraved with a monogram. In brass cornered leather fitted gun case lined in red baize, the lid with black leather Scott trade label with gilt lettering, with some accessories including W&C Scott glass oil bottle and snap caps. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech reproved at 18.7/18.8 (.736/.740 inches) and measured at .736/.742 inches; choke constriction .003/.025 inches; minimum wall thickness .029/.023 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/16 inch drop at heel; 14 9/16 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. CONDITION: Fine with delightful engraving. The slightly shortened barrels retain nearly all of the reblued finish with crisp engraving at the breech ends and clear signatures. Action and locks with 60% faded original casehardened finish with crisp engraving, slight scattered corrosion spotting to the forward portion of the left lock and to the edge of the tail of the right lock. Toplever and trigger guard retaining nearly all of the reblued finish. Stock reoiled with crisp drop points and well defined multipoint checkering, occasional slight handling marks and blemishes throughout, evidence of small filled hole to underside of the butt possibly from a now removed sling mount. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection. Estimate: 7,000 - 11,000

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