A RARE CASED 8-BORE 'MONARCH' FACILE PRINCEPS HAMMERLESS EJECTOR BY W. W. GREENER, serial no. 51137,
for 1903, 32in. Greener trade marked 'wrought steel' barrels, file cut rib with banner engraved 'W.W. GREENER. 68 HAYMARKET. LONDON. WINNER AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS, 1875 TO 1891. GREENERS WROUGHT STEEL.', scroll-back action with carved serpentine fences and side shoulders, manual side-safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, William Baker 1896 patent ejector system, patent no. 17292, use number 365, fine acanthus scroll engraving with feathered bordering, retaining traces of original colour-hardening and finish, 14 1/2in. well-figured semi-pistolgrip stock with horn insert drop points and including 3/8in. extension and 7/8in. rubber recoil pad, small insert by near top tang, crack at hand, fore-end with Anson push rod release, weight 10lb. 10oz., in its brass-cornered canvas and leather case
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that the gun was started on 20th October 1902 and finished on the 8th May 1903 and sold through the London establishment. The original owner is not recorded. The gun was completed with 32in. wrought steel barrels, blacked by Frederic Greener (W.W. Greener's fourth son) and the engraving was executed by Stokes and Horrocks
Other Notes: The vendor has kindly informed us that the small insert at the hand was effected due to the gun being superficially marked by being hit with a ricocheted BB shot and is not structural
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Sold as an exempt item under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms Act, to be held as a curiosity or ornament