W.W. GREENER 20 BORE F25 GRADE SXS SPORTING GUN * CASED IN IT'S ORIGINAL TRUNK CASE!
Guns International #: 100089673 Seller's Inventory #: 50815
Category: Greener, W.W. Shotguns - Shotguns - English Double
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Seller: George Lander
Company: THE LAND COMPANY
Member Since: 1/1/08
First Name: George
Last Name: Lander
State: South Carolina
Country: United States
Number of Active Listings: 97
Total Number of Listings: 279
Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
Payment Types Accepted: personal, business, cashier's check or money order
W.W. GREENER 20 BORE F25 GRADE SXS BOXLOCK HAMMERLESS SPORTING GUN * CASED SN 50815. Circa 1902. 26 inch fluid steel barrels with matted concave rib. Case hardened Facile Princeps boxlock, reinforced action 20-30% with fine foliate scroll and border engraving. Non automatic side safety. Greener crossbolt. Extractors. Finely checkered half pistolgrip stock of figured walnut. Vacant silver oval. Later black recoil pad. Finely checkered splinter fore end with horn tip. Original trunk case with Greener label marked E.R. WOOD on lid. Makers lable reads W.W. GREENER GUN, RIFLE, AND AMMUNITION MAKER, WINNER AT ALL THE GREAT LONDON GUN TRIALS. PRIZE WORKS ST. MARY'S SQUARE BIRMINGHAM AND 68 HAYMARKET LONDON S.W.
Condition: Fine, as partially redone. Barrels show 70-80% bluing with wear losses at breech end. Bright bores. Action shows 70-80% muted case colors with stonger colors on sides. Some screws show marring. Top tang is proud of wood. Refinished stock shows light handling marks.
Bores: 0.625/0.625 inches. Chokes: 0.026/0.027 inches, Full. Chambers: 2 3/4 inches. Proof: Birmingham, Nitro, 20, 20, 7/8 oz. Max, 20c. Minimum wall thickness: 0.029 inches. Stock dimensions: Pull: 13 1/2 inches. Drop at comb: 1 5/8 inches. Drop at heel: 3 inches. Cast: none. Weight: 5 lbs 5 oz.
William Wellington Greener was the second of four sons born to William Greener, Gunmaker (1806-1869). In 1864 W.W. Greener started to manufacture an under-lever, pin-fire, half-cocking breechloader. By 1890 he claimed that his factory which fronted on St. Mary's Row and had spread along Loveday Street to Bath Street was the largest in Britain and by 1923 the firm of W.W. Greener, Ltd. was to claim that the factory was the largest sporting gun factory in the world. W.W. Greener died at the age of 87 in 1923 and the business continued with his sons, Harry & Charles E.
Sometime prior to WW1, E.C. Greener, was invited by the Metropolitan Police to shoot an elephant outside Charing Cross Station. The elephant belonged to a traveling circus & had become restive & uncontrolable & was duly shot. The head & trunk was presented to Mr. Greener who adopted it as a trade mark, and was shown on guns, letterheads, etc. Upon the death of Charles Greener in 1951 the business was under the direction of H. Leyton Greener until it was sold to Webley & Scott, Ltd. The company was re-acquired and re-established by Graham N. Greener and Ken Richardson and once more is in full production.