When were W Greener shotguns made?
If you have a genuine English "W Greener" it should be a muzzle loader, either flintlock or percussion, made between 1829 and 1869. W Greener made firearms in Birmingham, England. His son, W W Greener disagreed with his father's decision to continue making only percussion guns and started his own business in 1855. After the father's death in 1869, the son took over the business and any guns made after that year will be marked "W W Greener". WW had offices in Birmingham, London, Paris, New York, and Montreal. The family business existed until at least 1965. BUT - in the period from about 1880 to 1914, it was not considered too wrong to use a name very similar to a fine manufacturer's when making an inexpensive gun. "Parker Bros" -> "Barker" or "T Parker", "Westley Richards" -> "W Richards", and "W W Greener" -> "W Greener". Most of these knock offs were made in Belgium and will have the proofmark of "E L G *" in a crowned oval. A real Greener will have British proofs, usually crossed halberds (battle axes) with letters in each of the quadrants.
What is the value of a W Greener double barrel 12 gauge shotgun It does have the crossed axes and and British proof marks Number is 9215?
Is this a breech loader or muzzleloader? W. Greener muzzleloaders of the mid 1850s were engraved with the phrase "Indestructable by Gun Powder" They were elegant and light weight. A double in good condition should bring several thousand dollars. Out of my collection of several dozen antique guns, the W. Greener from 1856 is my favorite to shoot and hunt with. Of my collwction of shotguns that include Parkers, LC Smiths, etc., the old greener…
W. W. Greener was a high grade English gunmaker in the 1800's. Doc Holiday was carrying one of his doubles at the OK Corral. Belgian manufacturers would put similar, sometimes identical, names on utility grade shotguns for import to the US. There's no history or documentation on many of these, but Joe Vorisek has documented 'A Greener' as a product of Henri Pieper, Leige, Belgium.
The value of your Parker and Greener, are based on the model, grade and condition of each piece. With that said, you should visit a reputable gun shop in your area and have them appraise your guns. Let them know that you are interested in an appraisal for insurance purposes and not what they would be willing to buy them for. Good luck.
Newport was a Brand Name used by Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co, Chicago (1882-1962) on shotguns made by Crescent Firearms (1983-1930) and J. Stevens Arms (1930-1948). If it is a singleshot, it may have been made by Iver Johnson. Perhaps the Chicago Library has some old advertising from HSB&Co that would identify a model "W", but very little detail published about these old hardware store guns.
Parker brothers shotguns were made from 1866-1934,Remington took them over in 1934 and the plant was moved to Ilion,New York in 1938.There were 4,500 transition guns made from 1934-1937,and there were 1,600 parker shotguns made at the Ilion plant before production stopped in 1942.I hope this answers your question.