Hammerless black powder rifles, particularly in the smaller calibres like this .400 Express are always a pleasure to look at and handle as they are so often more delicate than there nitro express cousins. Double rifles built in the period between the box lock hammerless design of 1875 and the first reliable smokeless powder cartridges of the 1890's can be some of the most elegant rifles built, with slim action file ups and long gently tapering barrels.
Aesthetics aside, this very nice little double rifle by W.W.Greener has some wonderful game scene engraving depicting animals appropriate to European hunting fields. Retaining lots of its original finish the rifle has clearly been well looked after and was a prized rifle to its former owner. It is great to see dogs featuring in the engraving layout as they have always featured heavily in big game hunting traditions, particularly in Europe. It is easy to picture this rifle on a classic driven hunt, once the sport of Kings, nobility and heads of state.
Peter Buckley. on December 10, 2017 at 12:41 pm
I think you have said everything about this superb elegant rifle that needs to be said, what a wonderful rifle!
Almost a Westley scroll back action, just love the blue on the trigger guard and safety, those contrasting dark diamond drop points great touch!
Even the recycled Sam Brown leather cross belt being used as a rifle sling.
The startled look on the wild boar and dog made me giggle, wonderful!
Another great post, thank you Trigger, keep it up!
Best regards. Peter.