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   irca 1878.
Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000
    LOT 264
Very Fine Engraved W.W. Greener 8 Bore Double Barrel
Toplever Hammer Duck Gun - Serial no. 19274, 8 gauge, 36 inch bbl., brown/casehardened/blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in c With browned Damascus barrels each
engraved with a band of stylized
running foliage at the breech end.
Broad concave rib with bead front
sight, signed “W.W. GREENER. ST.
AT THE LONDON GUN TRIALS. 1875, 1877 & 1878”, and signed at the breech end “PATENT TREBLE WEDGE FAST NO. 3048” towards the scroll engraved rib extension. Casehardened action with Greener patent cross bolt, carved percussion fences and
blued toplever. Casehardened rebounding side locks each signed “W.W. GREENER” and with sculpted hammer. Blued
trigger guard and steel butt plate with central stippled panel for additional grip. Fine border and scroll engraving throughout. The underside of the barrels and water table with Birmingham “Not For Ball” black powder proof marks, the water table also with Greener “Elephant” trademarks and marked “W.W. GREENER PATENT”. Well figured 14 1/4 inch semi-pistol grip stock with carved arrow shaped drop points, shaped checkered panels to the grip and
forearm, and blank silver oval initial escutcheon beneath the butt. The forearm with Anson push button release. Weight 14 lbs. 10 oz.
CONDITION: Exceptionally fine overall. The barrels retain 90% plus original finish with some age related storage marks and handling wear. The action retains 70% original casehardened finish, some areas faded with stronger colors in sheltered areas, and the toplever retains 90% original blued finish. The locks retain 97% strong original casehardened finish. Engraving is crisp throughout. The trigger guard shows handling wear with traces of finish remaining and slight softening to the engraving. The butt plate is a light grey patina with a patch of discoloration. The stock has an attractive figure with scattered age related storage and handling marks, bruises and small dents throughout.
Checkering remains sharp. Mechanically excellent.
Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.
       LOT 265
Very Fine Unique Smeets Game Scene Engraved H. Mahillon 4 Bore Single Barrel Rolling-Block Duck Shotgun - Serial no. 645, 4 gauge, 43 5/8 inch bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. This Belgian-made wildfowling shotgun was sold by the Brussels firm of H. Mahillon. The Mahillon gunmaking family are first recorded in 1836 with the business amalgamating with the House of the Hunter company in 1968. The Liege proof marks struck on the barrel include a cursive “h” indicating a date of manufacture of 1929. With round barrel signed “ANCIENNE MON. H. MAHILLON BRUXELLES FAB.T D’ARMES DE S.M. LE ROI” and with bead front sight and standing notch rear sight. Giant casehardened rolling- block action finely engraved with large panels scenes of ducks, the underside of action signed “MON. H. MAHILLON BRUXELLES” and “GRAVEUR L. SMEETS”. Well figured 14 1⁄4 inch stock with orange rubber recoil pad, checkered grip and long checkered forearm, and with a sling mount fitted beneath the butt, the corresponding sling mount fitted to a barrel-band. CONDITION: Fine. The barrel retains 95% older reblued finish beginning to turn to a plum color, some rubbing to finish at the muzzle and barrel band. Action retaining 95% original casehardened finish with some age related oil staining, engraving crisp and clear. Stock cleaned and reoiled, crisp checkering, some storage and handling blemishes and marks throughout. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection. Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000
LOT 266
Unique J. Hall’s Patent Pinfire Clock Gun - NSN, 12. This unusual “clock gun” is comprised of 12 pinfire chambered barrels, a wooden block bored with 12 guide tubes that, when readied, held 12 weights suspended by thread and a clock mechanism that is attached to the wooden block. At every hour the clock mechanism cut a thread, resulting in the release of a weight that detonated a blank cartridge waiting below. The metal bar behind the barrels would have kept the cartridges in place. All housed in a metal case, which has “J. HALL’S/PATENT/CLOCK GUN/STATION ROAD WORKS/WIGTON, CUMBERLAND” marked on the front and “DANGER” on the back. A paper instructions label is pasted to the interior of the lid. Includes the cluster of 12 barrels, 12 weights, and two iron legs. CONDITION: Fine overall, markings slightly faded but clear, oxidation on the legs from apparent use, and overall clear instruction label. All components appear to be present. Estimate: 2,250 - 3,500

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