The Greener Braendlin Air Rifle
The Greener Braendlin Air Rifle.
With thanks to John M for these pics of an early Greener, spotted at an arms fair. Note that it has no cam lever lock. The crossed pennants/B is the trademark of the Braendlin Armoury Company, a subsidiary of W W Greener.
John says: "I seem to recall [airgun writer] John [Atkins] mentioning SN 130, which was a 'Braendln' and 131, which was a cam back. I think #130 sold recently... The late [Birmingham gun historian] Bernard Hinchley made the connection with Braendlin... [which] imported Belgian arms and John published extracts from Bernard's letter to him in a 1980s article, which detailed the connection.
I suspect Greener air rifles were probably made in batches to keep the workforce busy during slack order periods and there probably seemed little point in maintaining detailed records of what would have been seen as a sideline to the main business of producing quality arms. That's not to say the air rifle was not a quality arm - far from it!"
He adds: "The plain unchequered stock of the Greener was in the company's style as Greener was believed to have a dislike for chequering - can't think why.
I don't think Greener have much in the way of records for their air rifle - the air rifle reference in <i>The Greener Story</i> by Graham Greener was based on John's writings and duly credited."
Internet research (handle with care!) throws this up: "In 1888 Braendlin Armoury Co was put into voluntary liquidation, but W W Greener bought the company and continued to trade under the name Braendlin Armoury Co. Charles Edward Greener ran it until about 1911."