ENGRAVED Antique W.W. GREENER Double Barrel Side x Side HAMMERLESS Shotgun
Nice 12 Gauge with CHECKERED STOCK & EXTRACTOR
Here we present an antique W. W. Greener Double Barrel Side by Side Hammerless Shotgun in 12 Gauge, manufactured circa 1896/1897 in Birmingham, England. William W. Greener was a member of the second generation family which had been involved with gunmaking from 1829 to the present day. Greener served his apprenticeship with John Gardner in Newcastle prior to working for Joe Manton, who was probably the best gunmaker in England in the early 1800s. In 1829 he set up his own shop in Newcastle making percussion muzzle loading sporting and military shotguns and rifles, as well as harpoon guns for the Dundee Whalers. However, he found it difficult to obtain the best materials, so he moved to Birmingham in 1844 where Greener Gunmaking has remained ever since.
The interesting thing about this double gun is the fact that all the numbers are matching and it is a British W.W. Greener with Birmingham proofs on the frame, but has St. Etienne French proof marks on the underside of the barrels. We believe this shotgun was exported to France after it was made and reproofed.
The overall condition is very good. The actions are excellent. The bores are shiny bright. The numbers match. The stock is solid and shows much use. The butt pad is a later addition.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrels: 27-3/4 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-1/2 inches with Extractor
Chokes: Modified/Improved Modified
Length of Pull: 15 inches
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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