** GREENFIELD & SON
A PAIR OF BEST QUALITY LIGHTWEIGHT 12-BORE SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTORS, serial no. 8064 / 5,
26in. nitro chopperlump barrels (London proofed for 1980), ribs engraved 'GREENFIELD & SON. UPPER BRIDGE STREET,CANTERBURY' and gold-inlaid '1' and '2' at the breech ends, 2 1/2in. chambers, bored approx. imp. cyl. and 1/2 choke, Holland & Holland self-opening systems, toplevers gold-inlaid '1' and '2', automatic safeties with gold-inlaid 'SAFE' details, gold-inlaid cocking-indicators, rolled-edge triggerguards, best bold scrolling acanthus engraving on a matted background, the lockplates with beaded bordering, the undersides with shell motifs and with ovals engraved 'GREENFIELD & SON. CANTERBURY. KENT', retaining virtually full original colour-hardening and finish, 15 1/4in. figured stocks with diamond grips, weight 6lb. 4oz., in a lightweight leather motor case with canvas and leather outer
Provenance: The makers have kindly confirmed that this pair of guns were made for Alec Greenfield in 1980.
HS Greenfield began trading in 1926 when Harold Stafford Greenfield took over the existing firm of Isaac Fox. The predecessor to Isaac Fox was James Adsett who patented a number of gun actions including an action which employed coil springs in a manner similar to Woodward's Acme action.
Harold's background was in ammunition and he had worked for Eley when the firm tried to set up Canadian manufacturing facilities in the 1920s. However, the venture failed and Harold returned to England looking to set up in business. With this background in mind, it is hardly surprising that much of Greenfield's early business was based around custom loading cartridges for local sportsmen.
During the Second World War Greenfield's shop at 4/5 Upper Bridge Street in Canterbury, together with all the company records was completely destroyed.
The business moved to 5 Dover Street in the town, but Harold's son Alec built new premises at the Upper Bridge Street site which traded until 2002.
Today the business is based at Greenfield's Shooting Ground in Canterbury and is run by Tim Greenfield, Alec's son. Tim is a previous Chairman of the Gun Trade Association.
The family has connections to other parts of the gun trade. Harold Greenfield's brother Watson took over Halliday's in Cannon Street, London while his son Ken took over Jefferys of Salisbury in the early 1960s and formed Greenfield's of Salisbury Ltd.
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