Eight-gauge shotguns like these were popular with well-off waterfowl hunters, especially ones who hunted at the sporting clubs that dotted shorelines of Chesapeake Bay. These sportsman used their 8-gauges to pass-shoot ducks, geese, and swans at long ranges. Judging by the condition of this Greener, it doesn’t look like it was used much for this kind of — or any kind of — shooting.
BTW: 8-gauges like these are not “market guns” or “punt guns”. They cost a lot of money in their day — far more than a market hunter could afford to spend on a firearm.
The OU rifle you see here is an oddball, a freak and weirdo. Of course, I would love to own it. Built in 1886, it’s breechloading British OU hammer rifle — the only one I’ve ever seen or hear about.
Hammerless over-under rifles aren’t uncommon. I’ve seen a number by Belgian and German makers and some British makers built them, too — including Boss.
According to the seller, this gun was made in 1886. That’s twenty-three years before Boss & Co patented their OU shotgun (1909), and even before Merkel started building their “Bock” hammerless OUs in the 1890s.
At close to 14.75bls, it’s a beast of a gun. I’m not sure what it was made to hunt — Cape Buffalo?, Rhinos? — but judging by its condition, it never made it into the field to do it.
W.W. GREENER O/U Hammer Express 12-bore rifle Cased in O&L Mfg 1886 Very rare and very nice condition: Serial # 35494, Barrel Length: 25″ Damascus barrels, Triggers: DT (Double), Forearm Type: Lever release, Rib Type: 1/4 Rib with express sights (1 standing and 3 folding), Receiver Finish: Casehardened, Engraving Type: Unusual basketweave style engraving, Other Options: Original Oak & Leather case including accessories, Silvers pad, Silver oval, Condition: Excellent, Weight: 14lb 10oz, Dimensions: 14 1/4 LOP, Other Details: Mfg 1886, spotless bores with sharp rifling. Price:$25,000
PIOTTI 20 MOD KING I- VIRTUALLY as NEW- 28″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- VERY NICE DARK WOOD- 1994- 100% CASE COLORS- VERY NICE ENGRAVING- 99.5% OVERALL: #9206, Fratelli Piotti, Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia Italy: A 20 Bore Model King 1 Bar Action Sidelock Ejector Game Gun Built in 1994, 28″ Chopper Lump barrels at .620 .006 & .013″ (Imp. Cyl. & Mod.), 3″ original chambers, KG 1,140 weight barrels, Concave matted top rib, Double triggers with the front articulated, Rolled trigger guard edge for the right hand, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Straight hand stock at 14 3/4 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/8″ over a 100% full face checkered butt, Neutral stock, 6 lbs. 4 oz., 98% coverage of small scale H&H Royal Scroll by Granetti on a case color hardened frame, Very nice dark wood, It has 100% original case colors, The original barrel blue at 100%, The original stock finish at 99%, The checkering is at 100%, The barrels inside and out remain as new. The piece has great balance and points like a dream. This super 20 Bore Game Gun for all intents and purposes is like new and has an overall appearance of never being hunted. Here is another Classic game gun, with the proper size action body with the correct weight, for 20 Bore gunning by one of the leading gunmaking firms in the world. This piece will remain a treasure forever. Price:$18,900
E.J.CHURCHILL BEST SXS .410: 28″ BARRELS FUL AND FULL 3″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION MAKERS CASE 4LBS 12 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price:$12,500
W.W. Greener G60 Royal 12 ga. Side-by-Side shotgun: Heavy proof, 30″ Sir Joseph Whitworth compressed steel barrels. Choked extra full (.040/.040). Automatic ejectors, double triggers. Built circa 1918, profusely engraved, deep cut arcaded fences, oak leaf, and fine scroll. Game scenes of setter, partridge, waterfowl, and woodcock. Gold crown on toplever. This high-grade Greener weighs in at 8 lbs, 5 oz. An outstanding vintage heavy game gun, ideal for pigeon, clays or waterfowl. Barrels measure 040 minimum wall thickness. Straight hand stock of dark, highly figured walnut measures 1-1/2″ comb, 2-1/4″ heel, 14-3/8″ LOP over a horn butt plate. Price:$10,900
Parker VH 16ga. SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Built in 1934. This gun has 28″ Vulcan steel barrels choked modified (.015″) and full (.035″). The gun is in excellent condition retaining 70% of the original case colors,98% of the original barrel blue,and 98% of the original wood finish. The bores are mint and free of any rust, pits or dents. The stock is sound with no cracks or damage. The stock dimensions are 143/4″LOP over a Pachmayr Old English pad,15/8″ at comb, and 25/8″ at heel. The barrels lock up tight to the action with no play. The gun is built on a #1 frame and weighs 6-10. This is one of the last Parker Bros.guns built before Remington took over. It is 17 serial numbers away from the first Remington built gun. A classic 16 gauge that would make a great dove or pheasant gun. Price:$3495
Browning ~ BBS ~ 12 ga ~ Boxlock Ejector SxS Shotgun: Price:$1,199.99
Metal Condition: Good
Wood Condition: Good
Bore Condition: Good
Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber
Weight: 7 lb 12 oz
Sights: Single Beed
Chokes: Modified and Full
W.W. GREENER BEST EJECTOR #1 SXS 20 GAUGE: FACTORY LETTER MADE 1887 24″ NITRO PROOFED 2 3/4 016 AND 023 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP MAKERS CASE EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 1 OZ X 2 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price:$25,000
Stephen Grant & Sons 12 Gauge Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: S/N.7578 Is # 2 of a pair. MFG. date of 1905. 12 GA. 2 ½” Chambers as proved. 30” barrels Ejector. Splinter forend, and straight stock. 1 ¼” DAC. X 1 7/8” DAH X 15 3/16” LOP. To a leather covered pad in the finest English tradition. The stock has a slight cast off for a right-hand shooter. Chokes are Right. CYL. Left IC. Weight is 6# 12oz. This is a special gun with very high-grade wood for its time. This gun possesses the London best guns legendary handling qualities, with a fantastic swing. I also have a factory letter that authenticates and gives a little detail of gun #1 of the pair. Price:$14,500
HENRY BENJAMIN – STEPHEN GRANT SIDELEVER – SxS HAMMER SHOTGUN – EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Here is a Henry Benjamin 12 gauge hammer gun utilizing the Stephan Grant Sidelever locking system. Exceptional quality in all ways equal to Maker Stephan Grant or better. Original case colors and detailed tight English Scroll engraving. Barrels are 30″ fine damascus, proofed at “12” and retain their original bore diameter at .726 in each barrel. Excellent bores. Chambers measure 2 3/4″. Chokes appear to be light IC in both barrels with about 5/1000 constriction.
The mechanics of the gun are quite good also. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks in the wood. Rebounding hammers. The forend latch is an elegant system patented by Scott (of WC Scott) in 1876. Breech face is clean with no corrosion. Wall thickness is good with a minimum of 32/1000. Weight is 6 LBS 14 1/8 OZ. The stock has a desirable long trigger guard tang and contemporary stock dimensions. LOP is 14 9/16″. Drop at Comb of 1 1/2″, while drop at heel is 2 1/8″. Buttplate is the elegant skeleton style with engraving. Very nicely figured wood. Price:$5,750
B. & J. Cooper, New York. Extremely rare American, silver mounted, 23-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca.1810: Extraordinarily rare and fine American, silver-mounted, 23-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun in the best British tradition, ca.1810. Weight: 5 ½ Lbs. Fine 30” Damascus steel barrels with gold-lined touch-holes, excellent bores (.590”/.590”), and which externally retain much of the original brown finish. Extremely high quality, mechanically perfect, locks with internal parts retaining most of the original fire blue color left from the final “drawing” or tempering required after quenching during the hardening process. Externally the locks retain much of the original finish even in the bottoms of the pans which show little evidence of use. Nicely engraved false breech with no corrosion whatever. Handsomely engraved fine silver mounts all in superb condition as is the highly figured American Walnut stock. Original horn-tipped ramrod with functional steel worm on the hidden end. B. & J. Cooper were set up at 19 Partition Street, New York, N.Y. from 1803 to 1831. They were primarily rifle and pistol maker’s and very highly regarded for their excellent workmanship, particularly for their dueling pistols some of which were silver mounted. This silver mounted double flintlock sporting gun we have here is the only example, of this quality, by this or any other American maker that I am aware of. Price:$ POR
Action: Sidelock Ejector Self Opening Triggers: Double Trigger Safety: Automatic Barrel Length: Two Sets Of 28 inch Barrels Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch Rib: Raised Tapered File Cut Chokes: Barrel Set One 1/4 & 1/2, Barrel Set two 3/4 & Full Type: Deluxe Gade Walnut Length: 15 1/2 Inches Bend: Cast: Grip: Traditional Straight Hand Butt End Finish: 1 Inch Leather Covered Pad Forend: Splinter Style Weight: 6 Lbs – 13 Oz Case: Double Leather Moter Case Date of Manufacture: 1979
A.H. Fox, Philadelphia CE, 20ga. SxS: 28” barrels choked Full/Mod, 2 ivory sights, 6lb gun, #4 weight barrels, rounded pistol grip, Double trigger, ejector, gun retains 99% bright color case hardening, blue and wood finish, with just minor scratches and sharp edge wear. A great small bore rare gun in top condition perfect screws. LOP – 14 ¾” to buttplate. Price:$16,500
W.W. GREENER FH70 GRADE BOXLOCK 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN: 12 bore, 26″ barrels choked Imp. & Mod. (R- .004″ L- .036″) bore dia. both barrels .729″. Top lever, auto ejector’s, with weight 6lbs 5oz. Stock measures: LOP: 14 1/4″ to a factory horn buttplate. Comb: 1 1/4″ Heel: 2 5/8″. In beautiful as new, unused original condition. 100% original casehardened finish. Mint wood and checkering. Price:$16,500
William Evans (from Purdey) Sidelock SXS Shotgun in 12 ga: 30″ barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, choked open modified and full (.010/.030). Game rib with doll’s head third bite. Sidelock action features bushed pins, double triggers and automatic safety. Built circa 1902, this was William Evans’ top of the line. Profusely engraved with rose and scroll and deep leaf carved fences, which add a distinctive visual touch. Gun retains a pleasing patina of latent case colors that add a wonderful background. Straight hand stock of exceptional figured French walnut and original flat top checkering. Measures 1-1/2″ heel x 2-1/2″ comb x 14-1/2″ LOP over a leather pad. Weighs 6 lbs, 12 oz. A really attractive vintage game gun, by a well-known London firm. Leather trunk case. Price:$7,650
PARKER DHE 20 GAUGE SxS: O FRAME, #235XXX, 30″ MODIFIED AND FULL 2 3/4, SINGLE SELECT TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP WITH SKELETON BUTT. EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. THE BEST TO COME TO MARKET IN SOME TIME. 6LBS 14OZ X 2 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 14″. Price:$22,500
PERAZZI DHO SIDELOCK SXS – TWO BARREL SET – LUSSO GRADE: Here is a Perazzi DHO 12 GAUGE – hand made by Daniel Perazzi. This gun was made in 1963 in period where Perazzi and Fabbri were making guns together and has been referred to as a Perazzi/Fabbri. Most of the production of this Perazzi/Fabbri partnership was OU guns, a bar action sidelock SXS would be fairly rare for this tiime period. This is a Lusso grade with ornate deep engraving featuring vines, ribbons and leaves.
Two barrel set with original 27 1/2″ chopper lump barrels choked IC and Full. Right barrel measures .730 with 16/1000 choke while the left is .733 with 42/1000 choke. A second set of 29 1/2″ chopper lump barrels was added in 2002 by Armi R. Luterotti. These barrels have the exact same engraving pattern at the standing breech area and same hand filing of the rib. The weight of these barrels is stamped 1.420. The barrels are choked Improved Mod and Full. The right barrel measures .727 with 26/1000 choke, while the left is also .727 with 40/1000 choke. All barrels are 2 3/4″ chambers. The weight of the gun with the 27 1/2″ barrels is 7LBS 2 5/8 OZ. The weight with the 29 1/2″ barrel is 7 LBS 7 OZ. Single non-selective trigger Negrini case as shown Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 9/16″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″ Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Cast Off. Price:$18,500
W W Greener FH25 20 Bore SxS Shotgun: Delightful lightweight gun. Definitely a pleasure to carry all day. Ready for the fall opener! Price $3950
Barrels: 26″ with 2 1/2″ Chambers
Chokes: Mod & IM
Engraving: Fine English Scroll
Action: Greener BLE
Stock: English Walnut
Weight: 5 lbs. 2.8 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 14 5/8 with neutral cast
BERETTA SILVERHAWK 12GA MAGNUM SIDE-BY-SIDE 32″ EXCELLENT: A hard to find 32 in magnum 12ga with even harder to find condition. Hidden Greener crossbolt. Articulating trigger. No issues! Good to go! You would have a hard time finding a nicer one. Price:$1750
Chambers: 3 IN
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
Triggers: ARTICULATING FRONT
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN
Weight: 7LBS 12OZ
Manufacture Date: 1965
Choke Left: EX FULL
Choke Right: FULL
Ithaca SKB 20ga. SxS Model 280 “English”: Built by SKB for Ithaca in the 1970s,this gun has 28″ barrels choked modified (.012″) and full (.028″).The bores are mint with no rust,dents,or pits.It has a straight grip stock,a single selective trigger,ejectors,and a slim beavertail forend. The gun is in excellent all original condition retaining 98% of the original blue and wood finish.The stock dimensions are 141/4″LOP, 1 1/2″ at comb, and 2 1/2″ at heel.This is a great handling gun that would make a fine dove,pheasant,or clays gun.The model 280 was only built for a short time so they are relatively scarce. Price:$1695
PIOTTI MONTE CARLO GRADE SIDELOCK SXS 410: PACHMAYR DUCKS UNLIMITED DINNER GUN 27″ IC AND MOD 3″ CHAMBERS SINGLE TRIGGER EJECTORS BEAVERTAIL FOREARM ENGLIASH GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION 5LBS 4 OZ X 2″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 1/2″. Price: $17,500
JOSEPH LANG & SONS .360 BPE HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE: 26″ bbls, fastened bead front sight, Express rear sight with 1 standing and 2 folding leaves. Bbls have a good amount of blue fading slightly. VG bores. The petite frame has 3/4 coverage fine scroll engraving and very nice case colors. Double triggers. Beautiful checkered Walnut stocks in VG+ conditon. Silver nameplate in the toeline. Sling swivels. LOP 14-3/8″. Stock is cast off. Overall weight is 7 lbs. 14.8 oz. Beautiful European double rifle! Price:$12,500
RG Owen – 12 gauge Boxlock Ejector (BLE) Double Barrel, SxS, shotgun: Price: $7,200.00
Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Scalloped Boxlock
Grip: Straight Grip
Lop: 14 “, 0.5 ” Pad
Drop comb: 1 9/16 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/8 ”
Cast amount: 1/2 ”
Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: USA
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Good
Stock & Metal condition: Good & original
Chamber: 2 5/8 ”
Length: 26 ”
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in good condition with some light handling marks.
TOZ- 57K OLYMPIC OVER UNDER SKEET GUN – MADE IN USSR: Here is a mint condition TOZ – 57K Olympic Skeet Gun hand made in the USSR. TOZ or Tulsky Oruzheiny Zavod is one of the oldest gun making concerns in the world, founded by Peter the Great in the 1700’s. This gun was used for Olympic Skeet and features the famous Tula Choke System for Skeet giving wider and better patterns. Barrels are 26 1/2″ with 2 3/4″ chmabers. Rail lock up system – very strong, gun will never shoot loose under this system. Elaborate wire inlays in the receiver and stock. Wood inlays in stock. No safety as this is a serious competition gun. Extractors. Gun has a mercury recoil reducer and weighs 8 LBS 5 3/8 OZ. Shipping is $40. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 9/16″, Drop at Heel – 2 11/16″. Price:$2,300
WW GREENER MONARCH MODEL M GRADE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS – COLLECTOR CONDITION: Here is a WW Greener Monarch Grade in 12 gauge with Baker type ejectors. This high original condition Medium Grade Monarch was made in 1897 and qualifies as an “Antique”. This is an Anson & Deeley actioned gun with a Greener Cross Bolt and Side Safety. Barrels are 30″ damascus with ejectors. The mirror bores measure .731 with 40/1000 choke in each barrel. Minimum wall thickness in right barrel is 37/1000 while the minimum in the left is 38/1000. The gun is remarkable condition for its age. Barrels ring true – no loose ribs. Good amount of original case colors remain. Well figured stock has original finish with very sharp checkering. No visable cracks. Engraving is crisp. The original Silvers recoil pad has hardened with age. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 6 1/4 OZ. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″ Drop at Heel – 3″ Price:$2,250
LANCASTER 280 FLANGED- NEVER HUNTED & APPEARS UNFIRED- PRE-WAR PIECE FINISHED in 1946- SIDELOCK with 26″ CHOPPER LUMP Bbls.- 1946 NEW: #18803, Charles Lancaster Sidelock 280 Flanged That Never Went Hunting & Appears Unfired, Pre-War piece that was finished in 1946, WWII altered the intended use of many Sporting Firearms and I believe this gun is one of those as it remains to this day like a new rifle. The address is 7 Bury Street, St. James’s, London: A Bar Action Sidelock with 26″ Extractor Chopper Lump barrels with A Dolls Head rib extension plus a third bite, 1/4 rib with 1 standing & 2 folding rear sights, London Nitro Proved, Regulated with 140 grain bullets, Bushed strikers, Double triggers, Lever forend release, 14 13/16″ LOP over a checkered butt, 9 lbs. 14 oz., 95% coverage of period scroll engraving that is very well cut, 99% original case colors that remain bright & vivid, 99% original barrel black with near perfect striking on the barrels, The original stock finish remains at 98% with a few gun cabinet marks, The checkering is at 100%, The inside of the forend has 100% case colors, The breech face has 100% case colors, The bores are new. Price:$35,500
Perazzi MX 20 Over/Under Shotgun: New-in-box 20 gauge Perazzi MX20 Over/Under shotgun with fixed chokes. Shotgun comes complete with a Perazzi hard case. Wood is lighter colored with a prince of wales stock and light Perazzi engraving and blued receiver and barrels. Choke constriction is Top: .028, Bottom: .020. Price: $8,999.99
Arrieta 801 20 Gauge Side-by-Side NEAR NEW, 28″, MANY OPTIONS, UPGRADED WOOD, SELF OPENER: Price: $7,950.00
Barrel Length: 28″
Chokes: .002/.005 CYL/IC factory
Bore Diameter: .621/.622
Wall Thickness: .026/.027
% Blue: 99% factory
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight, hand cut filed
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color: 99% factory
Engraving: clear, sharp fine English scroll
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 99% factory
Type: figured French, English stock/splinter forend
LOP: 14 11/16″
LOP To End Of Wood: 14 1/4″
DAH: 2 1/2″
DAC: 1 7/16″
Cast: 3/16″ off
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: sporting clays black
MAINWARING – SIDELOCK W/EJECTORS, 16 ga: 27 1/2″ BLS. M/IM, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, 100% COVERAGE IN SCROLL ENGRAVING, STRAIGHT GRIP, BUSHED FIRING PINS, 14″ x 1 3/8″ x 2 1/16″ x 3/8″ OFF, WEIGHT 6 LBS. 2 OZS., CC 50%. FIRST RATE GUN. Price: $6,500
Grip: Rounded Pistol Grip
Lop: 14 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 3/4 ”
Cast amount: 3/8 ”
Weight: 7 lbs, 4 oz
Manufactured in: England
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Extra barrels: 0
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 1/2 ”
Length: 30 ”
Rib type: Concave
Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks.
Gunmaking, like any task, can be practiced at different levels. The folks building these inexpensive Dickinson SxSs and the ones building Dickson Round Actions are doing essentially the same thing, but with different amounts of time, skill, and precision.
Today, few people practice gunmaking at the absolute top level. David Dryhurst and Richard Tandy are two of them. In 1982 they became part owners of W.W. Greener, and since then they’ve gone on to build some of the finest doubles coming out of the UK — or anywhere else. You can find out more about their backgrounds and see some of their fabulous guns on this new website: W.W. Greener – The New Guns
I’m pretty sure I’ve gushed about this gorgeous gun before. It’s a 16 gauge W.W. Greener side-by-side, built in 2005 by Richard Tandy and David Dryhurst.
W.W. Greener is one of the world’s most famous gunmakers. Founded in 1829 by William Greener, the company played a key role in the evolution of fine sporting arms. With SxSs like this G70 Imperial and this FH70, they proved themselves to be innovators and brilliant gunmakers.
Like most British gunmakers, W.W. Greener went through hard times in the ’60s and ’70s. In 1985, the company was bought out by a team which included Graham Greener (W.W. Greener’s great grandson) and two of the world’s top finest gun makers: David Dryhurst and Richard Tandy,
Dryhurst and Tandy have been building shotguns and double rifles under the W.W. Greener name ever since. The one you see here was made in 2005, and it’s of the finest side-by-sides on the market today. While it says W.W. Greener on the outside, the lockwork, ejectorwork, self-opening system and some other aspects of it are all Boss.
Boss & Co is another one of the world’s oldest and best gunmakers. In 1891, the firm was acquired by John Robertson. With a mind for innovation, an eye for aesthetics, and a whole lot of guts, Robertson revitalized Boss & Co and pushed it to the forefront of London’s gunmakers. The fact that two of today’s top gunmakers choose his designs as the basis for one of their shotguns is a testament to Robertson and Boss & Co’s brilliance.
W.W. GREENER PREMIER SXS 16 GAUGE: ENGRAVED BY TALLET AND COGGAN MADE 2005 29″ BARRELS SELF OPENING 006 AND 011 2 3/4 EVERYTHING INTERNALLY ON THIS GUN IS A BOSS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE 6LBS 5 OZ X 2 7/16 X 1 9/16 X 14 9/16 LOADS OF CORRESPONDANCE BETWEEN THE BUYER AND DAVID DRYHURST. PRICE:$89,500
W.W. Greener is a gunmaker that needs no introductions. Founded in 1829, the firm built firearms until 1965, when it was bought by Webley. In those 136 years, they built all sort of doubles, from percussion shotguns and big bore breech loading hammerguns to their famous “Facile Princeps” boxlocks. The firm also made sidelocks like this L70 and this L60. Greener’s sporting arms were sold around the world and demand for them grew the company into what was once the largest sporting gun factory in the world.
In 1985, the W.W. Greener was bought by Graham Greener, W. W. Greener’s great grandson, and gunmakers David Dryhurst and Richard Tandy. Today, this team turns out some of the finest shotguns and double rifles in the world.
The sidelock you see here is one of their efforts. Completed in 2005, it’s an awfully impressive SxS, right up there with the very best I’ve seen. I love it’s almost Gothic excesses: The steps of metal at the bottom, breech-ends of the bbls, the flames of engraving on the tubes, the arcaded fences (much nicer than Woodward arcaded fences). Overall, these features give this double a ton of personality and make it a lot more interesting than staid, conservative guns like standard Purdeys.
Check out how deep and crisp the shaping is on the arcaded fences and on the beads that run up from the lockplates and around the toplever. And look at the little sweeps of metal on either side of the toplever–perfectly balanced, beautifully shaped. I love the big square top strap, too. Very distinct.
W.W. GREENER SxS SIDELOCK 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN: ENGRAVED BY TALLET AND COGGAN MADE 2005 29″ BARRELS SELF OPENING 006 AND 011 2 3/4 EVERYTHING INTERNALLY ON THIS GUN IS A BOSS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP AS NEW IN MAKERS OAK AND LEATHER CASE 6LBS 5 OZ X 2 7/16″ X 1 9/16″ X 14 9/16″. Price:$89,500
WESTLEY RICHARDS 8 BORE- 16 Lbs. 3 Oz.- EXHIBIT PIECE at PARIS WORLD’S FAIR in 1900- 26″ FULLY RIFLED DAMASCUS Bbls.- EXC. BORES- CASED: Westley Toplever Centerfire Patent Ejector 8 Bore Rifle Finished in 1900 as an Exhibition Piece for the Paris World’s Fair in 1900, The barrels are 26″ Ejector Damascus fully rifled with 9 groove rifling with “C” Bolting” Dolls Head extension with a Third Bite, They both are initialed “F.L.” which most likely was Fred Lilley, A swamped concave stippled and engraved rib with 2 folding engraved sights at 50 & 100 yards, The rib engraved “3 1/4″ Case 12 Drams Spherical Ball 10 Drams Conical Bullet” which is special as the rifling pitch is such to handle both a round or conical bullet with the 12 dram or 10 dram load respectively, Top tang safety, Full length trigger guard tang to a steel engraved grip cap with a Bull Elephant engraved on the trigger guard bow, Extremely solid and sound wood with very nice color & contrast, Shadowline cheekpiece, Checkered side panels with carved teardrops, Sling eyes, Deeley & Edge forend release with a horn tip, John Deeley was the managing director of Westley from 1872 to 1899, He helped create the famous Anson & Deeley action, Great stock length at 15 1/8″ LOP over a 7/8″ Silvers pad, Great weight at 16 Lbs. 3 Oz., This is a full rifled set of barrels and the bores remain excellent and I would put the right bore at 90% and the left bore at 95-96% from the day they were rifled, All the screws are in very good to excellent shape and nearly everyone lays north & south, Original damascus pattern remains at 80%, The wood finish remains at 90%, The checkering remains at 97%, The whole is cased in an oak & leather brass cornered trunk with proper cleaning accessories. This is an interesting 8 bore with an Anson & Deeley toplever action with ejectors and certainly worthy as an exhibit gun at the Paris World’s Fair in 1900. It comes with a very interesting and original Paris World’s Fair catalog that is great reading of a bygone era. Price:$45,000
PARKER PH IN RARE 8GA WITH 38″ BARRELS: VISIBLE PATINA ON PLAIN TWIST BARRELS, SILVER BROWN RECEIVER WITH SOME SPOTTING, NICE STRONG ENGRAVING, MARKED P ON WATER TABLE WHICH HAS NICE CASE COLORS AND SHOWS ALMOST NO SIGN OF USE ON THE FACE AROUND THE FIRING PIS, GOOD WOOD WITH NO CRACKS AND SOME HUNTING DINGS, BEAUTIFUL SHINY BORE, 1 OF 11 38″ PARKER 8GA GUNS AND ONE OF 2 MARKED PT 8GA 38″ IN THE PARKER BOOK(CHART ON PAGE 1003), MADE IN 1913. Price:$19,500
FAMARS Castore 12G Sidelock SXS Self Cocking Hammer Gun: This is a stunning FAMARS 12G Side-by-Side Shotgun. A true sidelock. Manufactured in the 70s, this gun represents the heyday of the FAMARS organization which was known for its high quality and beautiful craftmanship. Price:$16,500.
– Beautifully browned 28″ barrels choked R(.017) and L(.031). Concave rib. Notice pix showing minor marks on barrels.
– ARMI FAMARS appears in gold on the top rib and on the sidelocks. The gold FAMARS emblem is on the forend.
– Beautiful engraving by Pasolini as inscribed on the gun. Engraving is of the very fine European style but subtle and not overdone. Neptune dragon on top lever with a gold crown.
– Self cocking lower profile hammers. Double triggers.
– Stock dimensions: 15 1/4″ LOP over 1″ leather pad which shows wear. 1 5/8″ DAC and 2 1/2″ DAH. Slight cast on for LH shooter. Weight 7 lbs. 10oz.
– Wood very nicely grained.
– Original maker’s black leather trunk case.
MERKEL, O/U, model 201E PreWar (Mfg 1929), 20 GA: 28 1/2”, F& F, ST, Capped Pistol Grip, 3-piece Forened, Solid Rib, Fine Scroll & Rosette Engraving, Casehardened Receiver, Pad, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 14 3/8 with 1/4 cast off, Weight 6#3oz, 2 1/2″ chambers, ID 3846, Near EXC. Condition. Price:$3,900
W W GREENER FH35 12ga Sold by Abrecrombie & Fitch in 1936 w/papers & hang tag: This is a one owner W.W. GREENER MODEL FH35 in 12 gauge with ejectors. Excellent overall condition. 30″ Full Choke barrels with excellent bores. Barrel blue is about 99% original. Case colors are about 50/60%. Beautiful walnut wood. Comes with original bill of sale dated 1936 from Abercrombie & Fitch, New York, And original hang tag. Price:$3500
GREENER 360 NO. 2 EJECTOR SxS DOUBLE RIFLE: Exceptionally fine condition this Anson & Deeley boxlock Ejector Greener Double Rifle was made in 1928 and remains in exceptional condition. The Trigger guard is engraved: “GRADE R.E.H.T. 60” Chambered for the .360 #2, 3” it has great bores and the previous owner reports excellent accuracy. The gun weighs 10 lb 7 oz with 26 ½” barrels. The front sight is a moderate size bead with a fixed rear sight labeled 100 yards and folding leaves at 200 and 300 yards. The stock is straight grain well laid out walnut nicely checked over the top of the grip. The length of pull is 14 3/8” with drop from line of sight at 1 7/8” and 2 ¾” to the heel. The barrels shows the “40 Pall Mall, London. S.W.” address and are engraved for the “Cordite 55 Grs Bullet ‘320Grs” load. Barrel flats show Greener Trade Mark elephant, Birmingham Nitro Proofs and chamber specs. The gun is in wonderful condition with the only corrosion in the Greener Safety recess with gold SAFE lettering. The stock has a few nicks, shows some shrinkage but is overall excellent. The butt is capped with a checkered steel buttplate and a horn grip cap and forend tip.The checkering is in excellent condition and is more pointed-up and not flat-toppedd giving a firm grip. Some cartridge brass is included with the rifle. Price:$19,995
CHARLES DALY DIAMOND QUALITY 16GA: Early Lindner manf. 26in IC and Full. .006 & .024. Double triggers. Automatic ejectors. Receiver fully scroll engraved with game scene on bottom and trigger guard. 50-60% case coloring. 97-98% blue. 14 1/4 LOP pad. 1 1/2 comb 2 1/4 heel. Excellent bores. Light weight model only 6 lbs! Price:$8,950
W.W. GREENER JUBILEE GRADE SIDE-BY-SIDE – 12 GAUGE – EJECTORS – HIGH CONDITION FROM 1934: Here is an oustanding original condition Greener Jubilee Grade made in 1934 to celebrate His Majesty, King George’s Silver Jubilee. This gun features a Anson and Deeley style scalloped action with ejectors. Case colors at 80%. Original bore configuration and in proof – chambers ar 2 1/2″, chokes at IC (12/1000) and Full (42/1000). Rolled edge trigger guard. Auto safety. Tight on face. Barrels ring true – no loose ribs. Nicely executed engraving including fences and barrel bands. Unengraved stock oval. Barrel length is 27″. Flat top checkering. The annual production of hand made guns for WW Greener in 1934 was a total of 100 guns. Made in a great period of English gunmaking. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2″. Price:$3,500
HIGH QUALITY “Gastinne Renette, A Paris” FRENCH SxS SHOTGUN: A 12 ga shotgun chambered for 2-1/2″ shells. A very classic looking European shotgun with a straight grip stock. Very thin in the wrist area. Very tight engraving on the frame. Heavy deep relief engraved bolsters. The frame has most case color remaining. Typical of European style, the inset panel is in blue as is the trigger guard. Extensive high quality engraving with the classical long pointed lower tang. Bbl blue very nice also. Wood is good overall cond with typical hunting mars and dings. The buttplate on this is not separate but instead sculpted into the stock. Price:$2,100.
L C SMITH NO.2, 30″ DAMASCUS BARRELS, EXCELLENT WOOD: No Cracks, Tight Action, SN#40601, Made in 1897-98. LOP: 14 1/2″ Front Trigger, 13 1/2″ Back Trigger. Three Position Safety, Gun Requires Low Pressure Shells. Price is $949.00 or Best Offer by January 30. 2016. Antique Gun, No FFL Required. Price: $949.00 or Best Offer by January 30. 2016.
Cogswell & Harrison Side lock Ejector Matched Pair 12ga: Cogswell & Harrison Matched pair, numbered 1 and 2. SN is 446xx. 12ga with 2.75″ chambers on both, Nitro Profed for 1 1/8oz loads. Chokes in both guns are Sk1 & Sk2 (.005/.015). LOP is 14″ with the wood butt plate. Comes in a factory leather (tired) hard case for both guns. Nice solid old guns, actions are nice and tight, bores are great. Price:$16,999
W.W. Greener, G 60 Royal, Boxlock Model, Self-Opener, Ejector, 12 gauge, 30” 2 ¾” 99%: This is the famous Facile Princeps action, designed in 1998, and touted as, pound for pound, the strongest action ever produced. This Royal was built in 1914. Its condition is 100% original and most likely only taken out for a shoot just a couple of times, stored all these years in some fine gun rack as can be seen by its nearly mint condition. The Royal model came in both sidelock and best boxlock versions, and is described as a Best Self-acting or Unique ejector with customer-ordered engraving which could be ordered with fine scroll or deeply carved relief or game scenes (depending on customer choice), with a gold crown on the top lever. For pairs, the gold crown was replaced with gold numbers, 1 and 2, as noted in Graham Greener’s book, The Greener Story, page 110. This specimen is a #2 of a pair, serial number 64144, and you can see that its owner chose elegant game scenes of dogs, birds, and a rabbit surrounded by extremely fine scroll work. True to all Royal models, the fences are arcaded and the strength of the Facile Princeps action is enhanced by its bolstered receiver. All Royals were fitted with the best wood available. Barrels are original with mirror bores. Right bore measures .732” with .040 choke (Full) and left bore is .733” with .040 choke (Full). Proved for 1 ¼ oz. Nitro. The automatic ejectors are well-timed, manual safety and double triggers. Price:$9,750.
Arrieta Double Side Lock Ejector 16 Gauge: Barrels: 28″, 2 3/4″ chambers, ic/mod chokes, ejectors, double triggers, auto-resetting safety. Barrel Markings: The right barrel has Arrieta made in Span markings, and the left barrel is marked with the importer/dealer’s name “Quality Arms INC. Houston Texas USA”. Rib: Tapered, matted, solid rib with brass bead front sight. Receiver: The receiver is lavishly engraved with English floral bouquet & scroll engraving on case colored side plates, cheeks, receiver top and bottom. Wood: Straight grip walnut stock with extended checkering and a leather covered recoil pad. Splinter forearm with checkering and a push bottom release. LOP: 14 3/8″; DAC 1 1/4″; DAC: 1 7/8″. Weighs: 6 Lbs. 4 oz.Condition: The barrel blue is in very good condition, about 98% condition. The case color on the left side plate is very strong but is faded toward front hinge, on the right side plate the case color is not quite as strong, but still very good with fading towards the front hinge along the bottom. The case color on the top of the receiver and tang is quite strong, while the bottom of the receiver the case color is fading some and yet there is lots of remaining color. The bores are very bright and shiny. The wood has quite a few very small superficial scratches, typically found on guns that have been hunted with but not abused. There are a couple of small dings as well. The oil finish is getting dry and could use a bit of freshening up. The leather on the recoil pad is raw in places and can use a good going over with some leather preservative/conditioner. Price: $3999.99
Caliber: 16 Gauge Chambers: 2 3/4 Metal Condition: Very good. Wood Condition: Very good but could use some TLC. For more info. see “Description”. Bore Condition: Very good. Butt Pad: Leather covered recoil pad. Weight: 6 Lbs. 4 oz. Chokes: IC & Mod.
Connecticut ShotgunRBL Launch 20ga SxS Shotgun: Unfired factory delivered condition. This gun is “as new” with the original factory packaging and paper in the makers case and RBL shipping box. 28″bbls, English grip,14 1/4″, splinter fore arm, double triggers, hidden chokes, upgraded 3x wood, assisted opening, ejectors, case color is great on this gun. Factory price for this gun with these specifications is $4700. Buy this one and save $800. Price:$3,900
Belgian Guild Gun- O/U 20ga. 26” barrels chocked IC/Full, beautiful straight grip stock, checkered butt, double trigger, automatic ejectors, automatic safety, Belgian manufacture, marked “For Frank Pugliese” on the right side of the barrel, the gun remains in excellent overall condition with very minor handling marks, a wonderful upland bird gun, available for immediate delivery. 6lbs. 4oz. 14 ¼ “ x 1 ½ “ x 2 3/8”. Price:$2,499
WW GREENER DH-44 32 GAUGE SxS SHOTUN: THIS IS A REALLY RARE PIECE IN WONDERFUL CONDITION .26″ BARRELS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CHECKERED BUTT MAKERS CASE NEAR NEW CONDITION 4LBS 6 OZ X 2 1/8″ X 1 1/2″ X 14 3/4″. Price:$27,500
C.S.M.C. A-10 American Shotgun Rose and Scroll 12 Gauge 28” Barrels New in Case: The A-10 American is a full sidelock hand detachable, very low profile over and under shotgun for those who demand the very best. Produced in New Britain, CT, it is built to the highest world standards. The Rose and Scroll Edition includes a 3x wood upgrade, deluxe rose and scroll engraving and case color hardening. This 12 gauge gun has 28 inch barrels, 3″ chambers, a single selective trigger and ejectors. The English style stock has a 14.5″ length of pull with a recoil pad. Five choke tubes, and adjustable stock weight, barrel weights and tools are included. Price:$8,000
Belgian Browning 20ga RKLT Superposed OU: Built in 1953,this gun has the round knob,long tang stock.It has 261/2″ barrels choked improved cylinder (.012″) and modified (.026″).This gun retains a minimum of 95%of the original blue and 98% of the original wood finish.The bores are bright and free of dents,pits,or rust.The stock and forend are sound with no cracks or damage.The weight is 6-8.Stock dimensions are 141/8″ LOP,11/2″ at comb,and 23/8″ at heel.Cased in a good condition Tolex case.A great all around upland bird gun or clays gun.C&R eligible. Price:$3495
BERETTA 686 SILVER PIGEON 28 GAUGE OVER UNDER SHOTGUN IN BOX: 28″ MOBIL CHOKE BARRELS WITH FOUR CHOKES: FULL, MODIFIED, IMPROVED CYLINDER, SKEET & WRENCH, MINT BORES , 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, 995 BLUE/COIN FINISH, A FEW LIGHT MARKS ON THE WOOD, TIGHT LOCK UP, TOP LEVER IN THE 5 O’CLOCK POSITION, IN THE ORIGINAL BOX WITH PAPERS. Price:$1,699
W.W. Greener made some of my favorite shotguns — especially the doubles they made on their Facile Princeps boxlock. The Facile Princeps was patented in 1880, four years after Westley Richard’s famous Anson & Deeley patent boxlock. The designs are similar, so much that they sparked a lawsuit — a lawsuit which Greener won.
The Greeners you see here are both F25s – the lower end of the medium-grade Facile Princeps offered by the company. As you can see, the design of the this model changed a bit over time. That being said, they were always very well made doubles.
W. W. Greener F25 in 28 gauge SxS Shotgun: A rare gun with auto ejectors, 27″ barrels choked full & mod. LOP is 14 1/4″, English stock with well figured straight grip. 4-3/4 lbs. with checkered butt. Nice engraving with case. An unusual collector grade Greener. Price: $19,995
W.W. Greener F25 Facile Princeps 28 Ga. Double Gun: Serial #67177, 28 Bore, 27″ barrels with excellent, bright bores. This is a beautiful little gun built on Greener’s Facile Princeps non-ejecting boxlock action and exhibits almost no evidence of any past use. The ribbed barrels retain virtually all of the original blue with just a few hints of silvering at the muzzles and the frame, which is engraved with tasteful decorative flourishes and the “W.W. GREENER” ribands, retains a commensurate amount of the original vibrant color case-hardening (almost all of which remains on the breech faces attesting to the lack of use). Even the extractor still retains most of the original lustrous nitre bluing as does the Greener sliding safety on the left side of the wrist.
There is a small amount of silvering on the underside of the frame where it meets the forend and an unobtrusive and barely noticeable import mark on the water table. The checkered walnut forend and nicely figured semi-pistol grip buttstock have only some very minor handling marks and surface blemishes scattered about the original oil finish. The stock is proportioned for a lady or young adolescent and has a 13 1/2″ LOP with drops of 1 1/2″ and 2 3/8″ (small but not so small that the gun is unusable to longer armed individuals). About the only flaw worth mentioning is a slight proudness of the forend tip widow’s peak which would be very easy to rectify by a competent gunsmith. The gun is housed in its original Greener labeled, maroon baize-lined leather traveling case and comes complete with the original hang tag, Britannia metal oiler, a partial tube of Greener gun grease, various cleaning tools, and several gun rags.
The case exterior is quite scuffed and the included original leather security straps are flaked and broken but the case itself is still robust and fully serviceable. This is an absolutely gorgeous little 28 bore British double in almost flawless original condition, complete with the original case and accessories, and would make a stellar gun either for woodcock in the fall or simply just to look at in the gunroom. FFL or C&R. Price:$15,995
Parker Brothers VH grade SxS Shotgun, 12 gauge: IM/IM choked, 30” Vulcan steel barrels, blue and case hardened finish, double triggers, 14-1/8” length of pull, checkered wood stocks, checkered hard rubber Parker Brothers hunting dog butt plate, #144175. This gun is in overall fair to good condition showing an old cleaning to metal surfaces with scattered areas of erosion and pinprick pitting, near fine bores, action is not working, wood stocks are overall very good with scattered minor mars and scratches from storage and good butt plate and semi-pistol grip hard rubber cap; a great candidate for proper restoration. From an old estate. Est: $1,000-$1,500.
Winchester Model 23 .410 Classic SxS hammerless shotgun: Engraved with gold bird on bottom of receiver, .410 gauge, 2-3/4” and 3” chambers, Full choke (L), Modified choke (R), single gold trigger, auto ejectors, 26” ventilated rib barrels, deluxe finely grained checkered wood stocks, Winchester hard rubber butt pad, length of pull is 14-3/4”, #CL410-799E. This gun is in like new condition showing little use or handling. Est: $3,500-$4,500
Outstanding W.W. Greener Grade G 125 SxS 16 gauge Shotgun: #61892.28” Nitro proofed barrels with fine engraving at the breech, British proofed, Elephant Trade Marks, Full (L) & Improved Cylinder (R) choked, blue and case hardened finish, finely engraved receiver with no less than 8 game panel scenes and a gold crown inlaid in the barrel release lever, left side mounted safety cocking button, single trigger marked “Miller”, beaver tail deluxe checkered fore end with ebony tip and engraved release and connector; deluxe checkered butt stock with beautiful graining, ebony inlays on either side of the butt stock slightly ahead of the checkering at the wrist, hard rubber butt pad and gold plaque on underside with engraved intertwined initials “rZS”; length of pull to end of butt pad is 14-5/8”. In fine overall condition showing a deep blue finish to the barrels, the majority of its vivid case colors on the receiver with high point wear on the recoil shields, fine bores, crisp actions and fine wood stocks showing only a couple of minor mars from handling or storage. One of the nicest Greeners this cataloger has seen in many years. Est: $4,000-$8,000.
L. C. Smith Special Grade hammerless SxS shotgun, 20 gauge, 32” factory barrels with ventilated rib: Barrels full and extra full choked, single trigger, auto ejectors, blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks with beaver tail fore end, White Line hard rubber butt pad, length of pull 14” to end of wood, 15-1/4” to end of pad, #FME 91327. Overall very good to fine condition showing the majority of its original blue finish and considerable original case colors on the receiver; very good bores that may clean to fine, crisp actions, fine engraving and very good wood stocks. Est: $1,500-$3,000.
Belgian-made Browning Diana grade O/U shotgun, 12 gauge: 2-3/4” chambers, 28” ventilated rib barrels, Full over Improved Modified choked, blue finish, engraved receiver, single gold trigger, checkered wood stocks, Browning hard rubber butt plate, length of pull to end of plate is 14-1/2”, #35026 S74 in overall excellent condition showing the majority of its original blue finish, fine engraving and markings, fine bores, crisp actions, fine wood stocks with beautiful graining. Est: $2,500-$5,000.
Parker Bros. DHE SxS hammerless shotgun, 16 gauge, 32” barrels: #216364. Blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks with Jostam hard rubber butt pad, double triggers, length of pull is 14-5/8” to end of pad. This gun is in overall very good to near fine condition showing the majority of its muted blue finish on the barrels and an even grey patina to the receiver, bores are very good and should clean to near fine; crisp actions, sharp engraving and markings, very good wood stocks with beautiful flame graining to butt stock. Est: $1,000-$2,000.
Browning SxS BSS shotgun, 12 gauge, for 2-3/4” and 3” shells: 30” barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, #4393A47 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original finish, fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings and fine wood stocks; accompanied by a Browning lined suitcase-style carry case and instructions manual. Est: $375-$750
8 Bore R.B. Rodda Double Rifle, owned by gun writer Jack Lott: 22″ barrels have very very good bores with strong rifling and mike at .875 which indicates a rare brass case rifle, actually a 7 Bore. The rifle has non-rebounding locks that work excellently and it locks up tight on the face. This was a working rifle and has sparse engraving and shows wear as there is very little finish left, however mechanically it is excellent! The stock is solid and the wood to metal fit is very good with no proud metal. The pull is about 14 1/2″ over a black recoil pad. The steel barrels were made by Adams and Tate and have a dolls head extension. It has a lever forend with a metal grip cap and vacant metal shield let into the stock. Jack Lott shot the rifle with 10 to 12 drams of black powder and either a 1000 grain round ball or a 1250 grain conical. He commented on how well it shot with the 12 dram load. The file cut rib has one fixed rear sight. It comes with a modern round ball mold, brass cases and wads. Here is a solid 8 Bore in the rare 22″ barrel length with steel barrels with an interesting provenance with Jack Lott, featured in the Guns and Ammo publication “Big Bore Rifles” authored by Jack Lott. Price:$28,500.00
Merkel — 303-EHand-Detachable Sidelock Ejector — 12 Gauge, 2 3/4″ Chambers: 30″ O/U matted vent-rib barrels of Bohler Special steel with ivory bead choked extra full & extra full. 14 7/8″pull from articulated front trigger to thin black recoil pad. 1 1/2″ – 1 7/8″drop. 3/8″ cast-off. Highly figured walnut stock with slender three-piece Deeley-release forend, the captive sections of which each retained by four engraved horn-bushed screws, black capped pistol grip and with chinstrap and classic point-pattern checkering. Concealed-release, hand-detachable sidelock with intercepting sears, cocking indicators, double underbites and double Kersten locks, automatic ejectors and manual top tang safety, finished in French grey and finely game scene engraved with scenes of a hawk taking a pheasant to the left and a fox flushing grouse amongst the cornstalks on the right, all surrounded with scroll. Weight: 8lbs, 1oz. Built 1956, before the best craftsmen escaped the workers’ paradise. 99% blue. Tight, and with excellent bore. Price:$13,450
Johann Springer, Vienna — Boxlock Ejector Double Rifle — 9.3x74R : 25 1/2″ SxS dovetailed barrels of Krupp steel with full solid flat matted rib, 1 standing and 1 folding leaf sights engraved for 100 and 200 meters. Figured walnut stock with lever-release splinter forend, scalloped horn capped pistol grip, sidepanels, beaded pancake cheekpiece, sling swivels, classic point-pattern checkering and checkered steel trapdoor buttplate with compartments for three cartridges. Fine scroll engraved, scalloped, bolstered, casehardened action with Greener crossbolt passing through doll’s head extension, sideclips, double single-set triggers and automatic top-tang safety. Pull: 14 3/8″. Weight: 8lbs, 1oz. Built 1922. 99% barrel blue, fading dark case colors, tight action and excellent bores. Price:$6975.
L C Smith Hunter Arms No.2E 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun Auto-Ejectors Rare: 26″ BARRELS, FULL & MODIFIED, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES. AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, FEATHERWEIGHT FAME, NO CASE COLOR. TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH A QUAIL IN A CIRCLE ON THE LEFT AND A DUCK ON THE RIGHT, ALSO SCROLLWORK AND BORDERS. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS NICELY FIGURED WOOD. EXCELLENT SHARP CHECKERING, ORIGINAL CRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE. PROFESSIONAL REPAIR AT THE WRIST. LOW DIMENSIONS 1 3/4″ X 3″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. SCARCE LITTLE SMITH. ONLY 91 GRADE TWO 26″ 20 GAUGE GUNS WERE MADE. Price: $3800.00
Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions in Irvine, CA, is having a big gun auction this weekend, starting tomorrow, 8/3 @ 10am, Pacific. There are a lot of shotguns coming up. Here are a few of the doubles that caught my eye:
John Krider, Phila. 8 Ga. Perc. Market Shotgun: Philadelphia made 8 Ga. Percussion Double Barrel Market Shotgun, by John Krider, 28” barrels, sideplates, hammer, triggerguard and buttplate are lightly engraved and marked ”John Krider”; barrel flat engraved ”Philadelphia”. Condition is about fine with trace case colors to lockplate and hammers. Barrels have toned brown. Checkering shows only the slightest flattening with a very small repair at toe of stock. Good functioning action, good bores, with beautiful original hickory ramrod. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.
Remington Grade 2 Model 1878 SxS Shotgun: Heavy Duck Side-by-Side Shotgun, #6033, 10 ga., 32” damascus barrels, checkered stock and forend, steel buttplate, case hardened frame, hammers and thumb lever. Mfg’d 1878-1882. Condition is very good retaining approx. 20%-30% thinning and toning brown to barrels, 50% thinning and silvering case colors to frame, hammer and lever. Stock with slight scuffs and dings, minor flattening to checks at pistol grip and somewhat more moderate to forend. Missing the head of left hammer screw. Action is crisp, bores are bright. Estimate : $800-$1,200.
Parker G Grade SxS Shotgun: #131065, 12 ga., 28” fine damascus barrels, lightly engraved case hardened frame, select figured American pistol-grip checkered stock, Parker Bros. hard rubber checkered butt pad, double trigger with extractors. Mfg’d 1904. Condition is fine to near excellent. Barrel shows just minor thinning to damascus pattern, with minor thinning to case color on frame at balance point. Stock shows minor flattening to checks, somewhat more pronounced on forend, with minor impressions. Action is crisp, bores are right. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.
W.W. Greener ”The Trapgun” SxS Shotgun: #35004, 12 ga., 27-3/4” damascus barrels with unchoked bores, smooth game rib, exposed hammers, double trigger, with Prince of Wales pistol-grip checkered walnut stock and large heavy beavertail forend. Top of barrels marked ”W.W. Greener THE TRAPGUN. 68 Haymarket, London”. Mfg’d approx. 1886. Condition is fine with light thinning and silvering to damascene patterned barrels. Frame and sidelocks retain approx. 75% original finish. Stocks with light scuffs and minor flattening to checks. Action is tight, bores are bright. Front bead is missing, and barrels may have been shortened. Length of pull 14”. Estimate: $1,800-$2,400.
16 gauge Darne Model R-13 SxS Sliding Breech Shotgun: 27” blue barrels, floral engraved case hardened frame, double triggers, ejectors, straight checkered stock and horn-tipped forend, with leather sling. Condition is very good to near fine retaining approx. 92% re-blackened barrels. Case colors to frame have mostly gone silver. Stock with minor flattening, small holes to left side cheekpiece from an old cheek pad, repair at heel behind rear sling swivel, and ¼” hole just forward of triggerguard that may be original. Buttplate shows repairs and is missing lower screw. Action is crisp, bores are fine and bright. Estimate: $800-$1,200.
One-of-a-Kind Angelo Bee Exhibition Grade Engraved and 4-Color Gold Inlaid Belgian Browning Model 25: Over/Under Shotgun, #2883F69, 28 ga., 26-1/2” vent rib barrel, straight grip Exhibition Grade walnut stock with false three-piece checkered forend. Left scene depicts fighting pheasants; right scene with pintail ducks setting down, with classic Belgian scrolls and gold inlaid flora. Bottom of stock is extensively inlaid with multi-colored gold wire design and game birds. Buttstock is additionally inlaid with false sidelock type plates with large duck and pheasant motif in gold. Angelo Bee told us that it was is first foray into double border inlays in his career and this gun is from his personal collection. Condition is excellent with breathtaking designs. Estimate: $18,000-$24,000.
Fourteen gauge shotguns used to be popular in the percussion era, and Parker, Lefever and several British & German makers built 14s at the end of the 19th century and into the twentieth. Winchester even tried to revive this oddball gauge in 1960s with a line of Model 50/59 semi-autos.
But no matter what makers have done, the 14 gauge has never caught on. That’s what makes this case of 14 gauge paper shells by Winchester so rare. I’m sure some cartridge collector will snap these up. I’m sure the price will be pretty high, too.
“What’s it worth?” That’s the question I get all the time. It’s also the question I’m always asking myself. To come up with an answer, I pull together an estimate based on historical prices and what I’m seeing in the market. But this is just a guess.
If you really want to know what your shotgun is worth, put it up for auction. When the hammer falls, you’ll know exactly how much someone is willing to pay for it. When I saw this W.W. Greener, I asked myself “What’s it worth?” I’m guessing $2000-$2,500. The auction ends soon, so check back tomorrow to see if I was right.
From the info provided and the pics, this is what I can tell about it:
It’s a lower-grade model with ejectors, nice 30″ damascus bbls, and very clean looking wood. The outside of the barrels has a bit of corrosion, but nothing bad. The insides look good. Judging by the proofmarks and serial number, I would say it was made around around 1900. From what I can see, I would say that it’s all original (except for the pad, of course). Pachmyr’s While Line Recoil Pad came out around 1950 and the butt stock may have been lightly refinished at that time. The checkering looks original.