A 12-bore boxlock, by Frederick T Baker, the bright plain action engraved ‘Fred T Baker’, with delicate border engraving and naive and charming starburst engraving to action fixings, blacked top-lever and top safety, with the barrels polished in original steel finish, classic double-trigger and beautiful well-figured walnut stock.
The business started in 1833 trading under Thomas Kerslake Baker however Frederick T Baker took over in 1858. The proof marks for this piece date for 1904-58.
A boxlock, by Army & Navy, the action with beautiful foliate-scroll engraving set in diamond lozenges, with engraved fences ensuite to the body, the barrels polished in original steel, with classic double-trigger and walnut stock.
Through extensive research we can confirm that this was made for a Lieutenant Frederick Lloyd Justice (1900-1979) in 1927. He began his career in the Royal Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant on 17th July 1919 and rose through the ranks. He eventually rose to the rank of Major and was attached to 1st Training Regiment of the Royal Artillery Depot in 1939. The records for Lloyd Justice then cease so it is unknown whether he saw active service during WWII but it is certain he survived the war.
A commanding 12-bore boxlock, by W.W. Greener, the beautiful scroll-back action with cross-bolt engraved with foliate-scroll, the typical Greener side safety with SAFE in gold, classic double-trigger, well-figured stock with Prince of Wales grip.
The Greener business began in 1829 when William Greener left Manton gunsmith and set up on his own in Newcastle. When breechloading arms were invented, his son William Wellington Greener saw this as the future and split from his father and set up in 1855 eventually moving to London. This sporting arm featured here was a product of William Wellington Greener (W.W. Greener). This Facile Princeps model with its side-safety was his most famous work.The original proof marks showed that this was proved in Birmingham from 1904-1925.