Fine Modern & Antique Arms - November 2022 : Sale A1122 Lot 1200

Product Details

AN 8X57mmR BOXLOCK EJECTOR DOUBLE RIFLE, serial no. 42314,
for 1894, 27in. Greener trademark steel nitro reproved barrels (converted from .303 calibre, London proof 1984), broad file-cut rib with open sights and two folding leaf sights, white metal inlaid sight lines and marked for 100, 200 and 300 yards, ramped bead fore-sight with high visibility bead, the breech end engraved 'W.W. GREENER. 68 HAYMARKET LONDON. WROUGHT STEEL', and mounted with a Zeiss Diavari-C 1,5...4,5x18 telescopic sight, serial no. 65207, in quickly-detachable mounts, A&D treble-grip action with removable striker discs, manual side-safety with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' detail, border engraving, retaining some renewed colour-hardening and finish, 15in figured pistolgrip stock with steel pistolgrip-cap, sling swivels and including 1in. rubber recoil pad, weight 8lb. 12oz. (unscoped) and 9lb. 13oz. (with scope)

Provenance: The makers have kindly provided us with the following information:

This rifle was started on 1st June 1894 and finished on 30th November of the same year. The person ordering the gun is not recorded. It was when made a .303 double barrel, ejector rifle with 27 inch Wrought steel barrels. When made the barrels weighed 4-3/4 lbs and the total weight of the rifle was 8-3/4 lbs. Stock dimensions when made were 2-1/4 by 14-3/8 inches, full pistol hand. It was engraved by Perry - neatly border engraved only.

It has an Anson & Deeley type action 2-1/2 inches long and fore end ejectors. The grade of rifle is not mentioned but it probably cost 25 - 30 guineas so a medium grade rifle.

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Estimate £2,500-3,500

S1 - Sold as a Section 1 Firearm under the 1968 Firearms Act