Good gun alert: A drooler of 16g Parker DH…

Parker DH 16 Gauge - "O" FRAME - SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge – “O” FRAME – SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

Spend some time looking at old doubles and you’ll discover Parker shotguns are not hard to find. That’s because Parker Bros and Remington built around 242,500 of them.

But very few of the ones you’ll see out there are like this one. It’s a 16g DH with damascus barrels, a long length of pull (14 3/4″), and an 0 frame (the lightweight size for 16s). Those four features put it in the hard-to-find/rare category when it comes to Parkers. It condition puts it in the have-to-have category when it comes to collecting.

Parker DH 16 Gauge - "O" FRAME - SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge – “O” FRAME – SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

Of course, it’s not cheap. But if you’re balking at the price, ask yourself this: When are you going to see another one like it?

Parker DH 16 Gauge – “O” FRAME -SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUSThere are some guns that just seem special, and a Parker 16ga. on an “O” frame (20ga. frame) is just such a gun.

More than a 1/2 pound lighter than a typical Parker 16ga, the “0” frame 16 is highly sought after by today’s upland hunter. They are not common, and to find one on the nicely decorated DH Grade format is a treat. This Parker DH, sn140136 made in 1906, is stunning with 99% factory damascus pattern, 95% factory case colors, perfect bores…no flaws anywhere.

Parker DH 16 Gauge - "O" FRAME - SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge – “O” FRAME – SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

The serialization book shows it is configured just as it left the factory. They only made 458 damascus DH 16ga. guns. There can only be a handful on the highly desirable “O” frame. At 6lbs. 2oz. it is a delightful gun that will not wear you out by the end of the day. The wood on this Parker is incredible, with full flame and feather-crotch figure finished in a hand-rubbed oil finish, a 14 ¾” LOP to the skeleton butt plate, and modern shooting dimensions (shown below) and perfect mechanics. This unusual combination of features makes it a very desirable Parker the likes of which you may never again see for sale, so don’t hesitate on “pulling the trigger” with this purchase.

This little Parker will be a joy to carry afield or to your favorite clays course and we don’t expect it will be for sale for any length of time. This is the kind of Parker that will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use with its high factory original condition on all the metal, very rare configuration on the “O” frame, low production numbers, awesome stock dimensions, and knock-out wood that is eye candy to all gun lovers! Thanks for looking at our fine guns. Price: $8,950

Parker DH 16 Gauge - "O" FRAME - SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge – “O” FRAME – SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge - "O" FRAME - SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge – “O” FRAME – SxS Shotgun, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

Wow-what a Parker: DH-grade,16g, damascus bbls, 0 frame…

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

I’ve had an on-and-off love affair with Parkers. Over the last 20 years or so I’ve owned–and sold off–a bunch of them. But over that time, I’ve never seen one like this.

This 16 gauge, DH-grade’s combination of damascus-steel barrels, 0-size frame, modern stock dimensions and incredible wood make it very unusual.

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS: $9,750

General Specs: Parker, Year 1906, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 2oz, Side-by-Side
Serial Number: 140136

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

Some guns are just special, and a Parker 16ga. on an “O” frame (20ga. frame) is just such a gun.  More than a 1/2 pound lighter than a typical Parker 16ga, the “0” frame 16 is highly sought after by today’s upland hunter.  They are not common, and to find one on the nicely decorated DH Grade format is a treat.  This Parker DH, sn140136 made in 1906, is stunning with 99% factory damascus pattern, 95% factory case colors, perfect bores…no flaws anywhere.  The serialization book shows it is configured just as it left the factory.  They only made 458 damascus DH 16ga. guns.  There can only be a handful on the highly desirable “O” frame.  At 6lbs. 2oz. it is a delightful gun that will not wear you out by the end of the day.  The wood on this Parker is incredible, with full flame and feather-crotch figure finished in a hand-rubbed oil finish, a 14 ¾” LOP to the factory skeleton butt plate, and modern

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

shooting dimensions (shown below) and perfect mechanics.  This unusual combination of features makes it a very desirable Parker the likes of which you may never again see for sale, so don’t hesitate on “pulling the trigger” with this purchase.  This little Parker will be a joy to carry afield or to your favorite clays course and we don’t expect it will be for sale for any length of time.  This is the kind of Parker that will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use with its high factory original condition, very rare configuration on the “O” frame, low production numbers, awesome stock dimensions, and knock-out wood that is eye candy to all gun lovers!  Thanks for looking at our fine guns.
Barrel Length: 26″
Chokes: .666/.668
Bores: 0/.029 Cyl/F
Bore Diameter: .021/.020
Wall Thickness: excellent

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

% Blue: 99% damascus
Chambers: 2 9/16″
Ribs: tight
Sights: double, ivory
Action: tight, right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: extractor
Case Color: 95% factory
Screws: excellent
Engraving: excellent
Trigger Type: double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color: mostly grey
Stock: capped pistol grip/splinter forend, incredible figure
LOP: 14 3/4″
LOP To End Of Wood: same

Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS - "O" FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS
Parker DH 16 Gauge SxS – “O” FRAME, 95% FACTORY COLOR GORGEOUS

DAH: 2 3/8″
DAC: 1 7/16″
Cast: neutral
Checkering Condition: perfect
Butt Treatment: skeleton

Auction Alert: 12 gauge Parker DH SxS, 1 1/2 frame….

Parker Bros. D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300
Parker Bros. D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300

Here’s a nice Parker SxS that’s coming to auction in a couple days. Morphy’s Auctions in Denver, PA, has it, and their sale starts Saturday, May 23 @ 9:00 AM Eastern.

Parker’s Quality DH shotguns were the lowest-grades the company offered as custom-made doubles. In the 1930s, they cost around $148 ($175 with ejectors). At the same time, a Parker A-1 Special went for $825, a Fox XE was $185, and a W. & C. Scott Premier was $1000.

According The Parker Gun Collector’s Association (a must join if you love Parkers):

Parker Bros. D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300
Parker Bros. D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300

The DH had Damascus barrels until Titanic Steel barrels were offered as a popular option. The stock was made of Circassian walnut. The stock commonly has a silver shield behind the tang, nickel or silver plated triggers and spear-pointed extensions to the stock side panels. The checkering on the stock is more elaborate than lower grades and is a deep, twenty lines to the inch. Stocks were fitted with a skeleton butt plate as standard but recoil pads were an option. Dogs were almost always a feature of the engraving on the sides along with some extensive scroll work. Before 1897, almost all grade 3 guns had Damascus barrels and Titanic Steels after that date, that is, until the Acme Steel barrels were introduced.”

Parker Bros. D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300
Parker Bros. D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300

Lot #823: Parker D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300: Manufactured in 1928. Parker 12 ga. with 2 – 3/4″ chambers with titanic steel barrels. The barrels show bright shiny near perfect bores with no pitting, corrosion, rust or dents. The left tube shows a bore diameter of .734″ and choked light full with a choke restriction of .034″. Right tube has a bore diameter of .736″ and choked modified with a restriction of .026″. Original barrel blue rates 95%-97%. The fully engraved receiver shows 60%-70% original case colors and look great with the Parker style engraving pattern. Gun is built on a 1 – 1/2″ size frame. The Parker serialization and identification book show this gun left the factory in this exact configuration. The only alteration is a leather recoil pad has been added. Gun has a length of pull of 14 – 1/4″ and a drop of 2 – 1/4″. The buttstock shows a perfect wood to metal fit, good sharp checkering on the pistol grip. This high condition Parker has a lot of life left in it. It comes with a modern Parker reproduction hard case. This old Parker is very collectible and perfect for the October woods. Wood is excellent, no cracks or chips, sharp checkering, proud to metal. Mint bore, action and lock – up.

Would you have pulled the trigger on this Parker?

16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.

Here’s a shotgun I’ve always wanted: a 16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels. This one popped up on Gunsinternational.com on Tuesday. I must of spent half an hour looking it over, examining the pics, reading the description, and wondering if I had finally found one of my dream guns.

At first glance, this one looks like a decent, pretty original double. It’s old (#82,242 – 1895), and a bit tired, and I doubt the checkered side panels are original. But the rest of the gun looks solid. Unfortunately, it sounds like the barrels are in poor shape and off the face. Those are deal killers for me, especially on a gun that cost $2899 (I think that was the asking price). I decided to pass. But I guess those warts were fine with someone else. The gun was marked SOLD by the end of the day.

Parker introduced their DH (D – or Grade 3- and H for hammerless) shotguns in 1888 and these side-by-sides went on to be the company’s most popular line of “fine guns”. The company made 16,398 of them, and each one was custom ordered.  According to The Parker Story, just 458 of those 16,398 DHs were 16 gauges with damascus barrels. Of those, maybe 10% were built with straight grips – and that’s a very optimistic maybe.

I saw a real nice 16g DHE with damascus barrels and a straight grip 3-4 years ago. The only problem was its 13 1/2″ LOP to a skeleton butt plate. Too short for me, and the gun was too much money to buy it and mess with. Oh well….

16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.
16g Parker DH with a straight grip and damascus barrels.

Introducing the Gallery of Great Guns: Exhibiting the world’s finest double barrel shotguns and rifles…

 

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2" Chambers. 26" Bbls
HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame. Sold for $11,500

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. No. 2 Frame
EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ONE-OF-A-KIND PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag. Sold for $74,750

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag
PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SIDE-BY-SIDE GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers.
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers.

Auction alert: 16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun…

Parker DH-grade Double Barrel Shotgun, the the The Parker Gun Collector's Association Site
Parker DH-grade Double Barrel Shotgun, the the The Parker Gun Collector’s Association Site

Here’s a tough 16 gauge side-by-side to find: a Parker Bros. DHE-grade double barrel shotgun. Also known as Grade 3s, Parker introduced its D-grade shotguns in 1875. With a price of $100, this model was the company’s least expensive “custom made” shotgun.

The DHE you see here was made in 1905 (the H is for hammerless, the E is for ejectors). It looks like it’s in nice condition. I’m not sure how many 16 gauge DHEs Parker made, but I can tell that you don’t see them on the market that often, especially nice shooters like this one. This one is online at Gunbroker.com and the auction ends 9/25/2013 3:15:42 PM ET. So if you like it, get on it now.

16 gauge Parker DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: With steel 28″ barrels. 2-1/2″ chambers choked Imp. Mod and full according to my gauges. Bluing is thinning on barrels and stock has the usual dings and scratches for a gun this age. recoil pad is flat from sitting. 14″ LOP to the front trigger. Size 1 frame. Bores are great. Serial # 134521.

16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun
16 gauge Parker Bros DHE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun

Auction alert: a 28 gauge Parker DH, 28″ bbls, circa 1910…

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

Twenty-eight gauge Parkers are tough to find, especially ones with 28″ barrels and a bit of original condition. From the looks of things, the one you see here has all that and more.

This 28g Parker is up for auction now at Gunauction.com. It’s a no reserve auction, ending on Sunday, May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. So if you like what you see, get on it now.

 

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Grade SxS Double Barrel shotgun: 152943 mfg. circa 1910, 28 ga., built on a “00” color case hardened boxlock frame, blue finished 28 in. Titanic Steel BBLs, DT, EXT, checkered deluxe PG walnut stock w/hard rubber butt plate and splinter forearm.

Condition (assuming original) – Appears to be in NRA Modern Good overall original condition with 70%-80% BBL blue and 50%-60% color case hardened finish remaining and only light handling marks.

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

 

Auction Alert: a MINTY 16 gauge Parker DHE shotgun…

16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun
16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun

Parkers have always been the most popular double barrel shotguns in America. Parker Bros. and then Remington turned out 268,000+ of these side-by-side shotguns, so there are always plenty of them around. What’s hard to find is a Parker Bros. shotgun is nearly-new original condition. That’s what makes this 16 gauge DHE so special.

Here’s some of the auctioneer’s description of the gun:

“Parker DHE Grade, 16 ga. side by side shotgun. Serial #199000, mfg. 1921. Holy elegance, Batman! Wow… Here it is: Simply the finest ALL ORIGINAL, nearly unused DHE I’ve ever had the pleasure of offering. It’s a freeze-frame of 1921 with 98% blue on the barrels, beautifully figured crotch-walnut stock and 90%+++ case color on the receiver. Receiver has nicely rendered scroll work and setter and pointer dog scenes with three pheasants on the bottom of the receiver – beautiful.” See the complete auction listing now

Original or redone? You decide — Parker DH

Spotting a refinish is an important skill to have if you start collecting old double barrels. A lot of the vintage side-by-side shotguns out there are 70+ years old and most of them have had some work done on them. Because collectors place such a premium of original condition, it pays to know what it looks like (and it can cost you a lot if you don’t). To that end, lets check out this 12g DH grade Parker shotgun:

First, take a look at the action. There’s a lot of color there, but are they Parker colors?  And take a look at the wood, especially at the horizontal edge against the edge. Does it look a little rounded?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun
Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, check out the stock. The wood’s fairly light. And where are the dings and scrapes? Would you expect to see some on a gun this old?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun
Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, take a look at the checkering. What do you think? Is that really Parker checkering?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun
Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, if you haven’t figured it out already, this Parker is totally redone – wood, metalwork, and barrels. The works pretty good, but it wasn’t done in Meriden, CT. You can see more pics of the gun and buy it here.

Auction Alert: Parkers, Fox, LC Smiths, Francottes…

Some nice double barrel shotguns coming to auction. Check them out:

Parker CH 10g @ Sacor River Auctions
Parker CH 10g @ Sacor River Auctions

-Saco River Auctions, Biddeford, ME, 10/23 @ 4pm

A nice and rare Parker CH 10 gauge double barrel shotgun

Marquis Auctions, Earlville, NY, 10/23, 6pm

An interesting looking Euro double. Pics here and here.

Redding Auctions, Gettysburg, PA, Sunday, 10/24 @ 9am

Lots of good guns, including a couple 12g Fox A grades, several  L.C. Smiths (including a Trap grade) and a handful of Parker, including a GH with an original strengthing rod in the buttstock.

Cottone Auctions, Geneseo, NY, Friday, 11/ 5th @ noon

A nice looking 12 gauge Parker BHE double barrel shotgun

20 gauge Francotte at Thomaston Place
20 gauge Francotte at Thomaston Place

-Thomaston Place Auction Gallery, Thomaston, ME, Saturday, 11/6 @ 11am

Several nice guns, including this and this Francotte double barrel and this 12 gauge Parker DHE shotgun. The Parker may be an original Skeet Gun. Lots of Winchesters, too. You can see all the firearms here.

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