Zertifikat: W W Greener Gun No. 47692
W W Greener gun No. 47692 was started on 16th January 1899 and finished on 20th September 1901. 1t is a double barrel, side by side, hammerless, 16 bore ejector shotgun with 30 inch barreis. The stock dimensions when made were 2-2/3 by 1-9/16 by 14-3/4 inches, straight hand.
The gun has a Facile Princeps type action and self-acting ejectors. The Facile Princeps action was invented in 1880 by W W Greener to overcome the Anson & Deeley ‘box lock’ patent owned by Westley Richards. In 1881 this action was combined with a version of J V Needham’s ejector patent of 1874 to produce the world’s first reliable ejecting sporting shotgun the ‘Self-acting Ejector’. The ejectors are situated in the front barrel lump and are tripped when the breach is opened; they utilize the mainspring to eject the spent cartridges.
W W Greener made guns in a number of different grades from the very best to plain utility guns but they were all made from the best materials. There were four top grades - The Special cost 85 guineas, the Imperial cost 70 guineas the Royal cost 60 guineas and the Best model cost 45 guineas. All these models were made by the most skilled craftsmen. Medium grade guns cost between 20 and 40 guineas and plain grades cost less than 20 guineas.
It required the best craftsmen to made the seif- acting ejector shotguns so while your gun may not be in such demand today please remember this model cost one and a half times what it costs to make the very best London side-lock shotgun when it was made in 1900.
Unfortunately we do not have any record of the original owner as the gun was shipped to Berlin and sold there in 1901. Enclosed are some notes on condition. Your gun when made was proved for black powder cartridges but it also has more recent German proof marks. I am not familiar with the German marks so my advice would be to seek the advice on what cartridges may be suitable for use in your gun if you wish to use it