Auction alert: 16g Parker GHE, No Reserve ….

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun

Classic. American. Grouse gun. Here it is, and it’s on Gunbroker.com now, being auctioned off at no reserve. The listing ends 11/4/2018 @ 8:43 PM.

The Parker GHE (a quality GH gun with Ejectors), was a lower, middle-grade gun in its day. Parker called it “a gun of exceptional value,” so it wasn’t cheap, but it offered a lot of nice features at a fair price.

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun

This one is in what I would called “honest wear” condition. It looks like it was shot a lot, and a lot of the original finish is gone. There’s a pronounced crack in the forend, too. But that crack looks fixable and the rest of the gun looks sound.

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun

1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun: This Parker Brothers shotgun shows a Serial Number of: 235828. Length of Pull measures 13.5″ to back trigger. Length of Pull measures 14.5 to the forward trigger. Manufacture date is listed as 1931. This classic representation has Upland Game Scenes engraved on the frame. Barrel length is listed at 28″. In the select world of vintage American double barrel shotguns, the name Parker Brothers stands in a class of their own. The Parker Gun Collectors Association has done a great job fostering knowledge on these fine guns, which many believe to be America’s finest. This GHE shows:

  • Serial Stamp is 235828.
  • Frame Size “1”
  • “16/1” on the barrel lug
  • Barrel flat shows 3 1 indicating barrel weight.
  • Watertable is stamped GH indicating grade.
  • Barrel is stamped “Special Steel”
  • Watertable is stamped “2”

This 1931 example is in very fine condition showing a proud degree of the original blue finish and case coloring. The select grade American hardwood stock and forearm show a rich texture and grain profile. The original dog’s head buttplate is featured and also remains in excellent condition. The lettering and engraving and screws are all in superb condition and look clocked properly along the axis of the gun. The triggers are crisp and break clean. There are fewer and fewer 16ga. Parkers with 28” Parker Special Steel barrels remaining original condition. The forearm shows small imperfections but remains solid throughout. A most gorgeous Parker Brother SXS Shotgun for your consideration. We have opened the gun and photographed the internal proofs in detail.

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John Dickson & Son 12 gauge wonderful Round Action S/S Shotgun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrels
John Dickson & Son 12 gauge wonderful Round Action S/S Shotgun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrels

John Dickson & Son 12 gauge wonderful Round Action S/S Shotgun with original nitro proofed Damascus barrelsPrice: $14,900 
Antique: Yes
Model: BEST Trigger plate action
Serial Number: 4386
Ejectors: Yes
Barrels: 29″
Barrel Type: Damascus
Action: Trigger plate
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock Comb: 1 7/16″
Stock Heel: 2 3/16″
Stock Cast: 3/8″
LOP: 16″ (14″ original wo
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
Choke Left: .013 IC
Choke Right: .008 Skeet II
Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .022
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .023

Browning BSS BOTTLE Sporter set 12 Ga. and 20 Ga. SxS
Browning BSS BOTTLE Sporter set 12 Ga. and 20 Ga. SxS

Browning BSS BOTTLE Sporter set 12 Ga. and 20 Ga. SxSsBottle Sporter set consisting of 12 Ga. and 20 Ga.side X side. This model got its nickname from a Mr. Bottles sporting store in Wichita, KS, who special ordered 100 sets of these guns in 1976.These guns have straight grip sporter stocks. The receivers are engraved with wild turkey and wood duck inlays, the shoulders are sculpted and engraved Exhibition grade walnut wood was used. These guns come with there own Browning airways case. They are still unfired and new in box. These guns would cap off any Browning Collection.  Price: $11,750.00

Parker GHE Grade 2 16 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter ForearmSerial number 203985. 28” barrels, 2 ¾” chambers, chokes measure .008 right and .023 left. Barrels retain

Parker GHE Grade 2 16 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker GHE Grade 2 16 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

95% original bluing with light handling marks. Rib has a single silver bead and is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. PARKER SPEC. STEEL”. Bores are clean and shiny. 0 frame retains 30% original case coloring. Trigger guard retains 70% original bluing. Double triggers, ejectors and automatic safety. Pistol grip stock and forearm have had varnish added and have numerous light handling marks. Length of pull: 14 1/2” to the front trigger over a red recoil pad. Drop at comb: 1 1/2″. Drop at heel: 2 3/4″. Weight: 6.4 lbs. Mechanics are good. Price: $8975

Ithaca – Flues 4E – 20 ga – SxS – Double Barrel Shotgun: Price: $3,500.00   
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: Yes

Ithaca - Flues 4E - 20 ga - SxS - Double Barrel Shotgun
Ithaca – Flues 4E – 20 ga – SxS – Double Barrel Shotgun

Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 ”
Pad thickness: 1 ”
Type of butt: Rubber Pad
Drop comb: 1 5/8 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/2 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: Off
Weight: 6 lbs
Manufacture Year: Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Good
Stock condition: Good
Metal condition: Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish

Barrel info:
Gauge: 20 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 26 ”
Chokes: M/M
Rib type: Flat File Cut
Comments: Gun has some wear and handling, pad will need to be replaced.

Francotte 14E 12ga. SXS Boxlock Ejector w/30 inch ejector barrels. A beautiful 1931 gun in exc. condition
Francotte 14E 12ga. SXS Boxlock Ejector w/30 inch ejector barrels. A beautiful 1931 gun in exc. condition

Francotte 14E 12ga. SXS Boxlock Ejector w/30 inch ejector barrels. A beautiful 1931 gun in exc. conditionThis 14E is a fine quality gun with a considerable original finish. The Belgium Francottes can compete with the finest guns ever made. Unaltered except for the recoil pad–it features 30-inch barrels with ejectors that have fine bores–mirror bright. The chokes are Mod and Full–.021 and .037. Considerable case colors remain, even on the triggers–signifying low usage. The stock dimensions are a very shootable 14 1/2 x 1 7/16 x 2 1/4 inches. The mechanics and screws are excellent. Toplever to the right. Built is 1931 and imported by Von Lengerkt & Detmold in New York City–this gun ended up on a farm in Buck Co. Pa. A pheasant shooter for sure that would make a nice clays gun too. It weighs 7-3 and carries nicely. Price: $2750

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WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO
WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO

WESTLEY RICHARDS BEST DROPLOCK SXS RIFLE 600 NITRO24″ BARRELS WITH A SINGLE LEAF 1/4 RIB REAR AND A HOODED PATENTED WESTLEY NIGHT SITE FRONT DOUBLE TRIGGERS EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP TEST FIRED ONLY IN MAKERS OAK & LEATHER CASE 15 1/4 LBS . LOP: 14 3/4″. Price: $99,500

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set: 28” barrels choked Mod/Full and interchangeable 28” barrels choked WS1/WS2.  Vent rib, single selective trigger, selective ejector, non-auto safety.  Capped pistol grip, checkered butt, highly figured feather crotch walnut, marked deluxe on floor plate with factory letter indicating that.  Multi point deluxe checkering.  Very special gun in as new condition with Cody Letter. 14” x 1 ½” x 2 ¼” 6lbs 14oz. Price: $13,995

Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set
Winchester Model 21 Deluxe 20ga. 2-barrel set
Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker GHE Grade 2 20 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: This Parker has 28” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .001 right and .014 left. The bore diameters measure .617 right and .618 left. The barrels retain 95% original bluing with freckling in several areas, some light scratches, thinning in areas and wear from the forend. The rib has a single silver bead and is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. PARKER SPEC. STEEL”. The bores are clean and shiny. The 0 frame retains 60% original case coloring. The trigger guard retains 10% original bluing. The forend iron has little finish left. Double triggers, ejectors and automatic safety. The pistol grip stock and forearm have had varnish added. They retain most of their finish with some thinning in the grip area and various light handling marks. The length of pull is 14” to the front trigger over a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 1/4″. Drop at heel: 2 3/8″. Weight: 6.25 lbs. Mechanics are excellent. Price: $12,500

IVER JOHNSON – SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE – 28″ – D.T. PISTOL GRIP STOCK LOP 14 1/16″ OVER LOGO BUTTPLATE – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – RECEIVER BLUE 90% – TOP LEVER WELL RIGHT OF CENTER. Price: $4,450

IVER JOHNSON - SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE - 28" - D.T.
IVER JOHNSON – SKEET-ER 410 GAUGE – 28″ – D.T.

 

1998 - Beretta - 686 Onyx - 28ga, 28"
1998 – Beretta – 686 Onyx – 28ga, 28″

1998 – Beretta – 686 Onyx – 28ga, 28″: Mobichoke Barrels, LOP 14-1/2″, Drop 1-9/16″ to 2-1/2″, Weight 6 lbs. 2 oz. Condition: Metal 99%, Wood 98+% – just a couple of minor handling marks. Price: $1775

Elusive & mysterious: The 12g Parker half frame ….

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker shotguns are filled with myths and mysteries:The true origins of the Czar’s Parker; the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While some of the mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the 1/2 Frame, remain.

Parker started building 1/2 guns in the fall of 1937–after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY. Before the internet, a serious Parker collector would have been lucky to see one of these doubles in his lifetime. Today, thanks to a wired world, you can check out three of them.

Parker GHE Grade 2 Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Rare Parker GHE Grade 2 Side by Side Shotgun 12 Gauge ½ Frame 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Splinter Forearm

Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm
Parker VHE Side by Side Shotgun ½ Frame 12 Gauge 28” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm

Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create  a British-style, 12g gamegun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shooting a 1 1/8oz load). In Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, fellow author Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of his book to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.

Neither proved anything. One just told better tale while the other presented a sounder argument. But at the end of Chapter 5: Circumstantial Evidence, Muderlak states the one thing we really know about these shotguns: “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”

 

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W. & C. Scott "Victoria" grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic conditionW. & C. Scott "Victoria" grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition
W. & C. Scott “Victoria” grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition

W. & C. Scott “Victoria” grade SxS 16g hammergun in fantastic condition! Exquisite engraving and the Damascus pattern is fantastic. What else can I say. Well, I forgot to mention the stunning craftsmanship and hammers of the highest quality while the action has over 50% original case color remaining. Need I say more! I love this 16g. hammer gun.  Price: $6,200

 

Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICE!
Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICE!

Ithaca Grade 4E 16 Gauge SxS Shotgun. FLUES, 97% FACTORY CASE COLOR, NICEYear 1920, 16 Gauge, 7lbs 4oz. This gun, sn330025 built in 1920 is a great example, with 97% vivid factory case color, 92% factory barrel blue, 98% factory trigger guard blue, and near new highly figured factory finished wood with beautiful flor-de-lis checkering.  This is a HIGH CONDITION FACTORY ORIGINAL GUN.  Even the jewelling at the breech face is still evident.  The only thing that seems to be altered since the gun left the factory are the chokes, as the gun is stamped “4 & 4″ which would indicate F/F chokes.  The 28” barrels are presently choked IC/M (.007/.017) with their double ivory beads and mirror bores.  This is a gun for heavy work, with minimum wall thickness of 36 thousandths and weighing 7 1/4lbs.  What a great sporting clays gun or pheasant gun for heavy loads!  Engraved by the famous Joseph Loy, with his trademark signature, the gun is near new in all ways, including being tight on breech face and hinge pin like a new gun.  This is a single trigger gun that still has the ornate factory butt plate and great stock dimensions.  A great investment in an American treasure.  Price: $5,250

Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger: A minty 28ga Parker repro with double triggers  splinter and a pistol grip  14 1/4 LOP to skeleton butt cased with snap caps. Price: $4,995

Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger
Parker Reproduction 28ga 28in M/F Double Trigger
MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R
MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R

MERKEL MODEL 220 OVER UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE 9.3X74R: 26″ BARREL WITH 1/4 RIB SIGHT AND CLAW MOUNTS WITH NO RINGS DOUBLE SET TRIGGER EJECTORS 3 PIECE FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS 8LBS 4 OZ X 14 LOP. Price: $4,950

Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector QualityParker GH, 12 Gauge. Serial No. 56625, circa 1889, It has 30″ Damascus steel barrels. The stock is PG, choked, RH Mod., LH Full. LOP is  14″, DAH 2.5″.Weight  7.5 lbs. Rare No. 1 frame.

Parker GH 12 - Damascus, Collector Quality
Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector Quality

Condition: 98% case colors, sharp engraving, screws are indexed correctly and doesn’t appear to have been dissaembled . The barrel pattern and finish are fine with some wear. I believe is has the original wood finish and checkering. The wood is proud of the receiver and the checkering has appropriate wear from carrying.The bores are smooth and clear.  An orginal Parker canvas gun case and a rosewood cleaning rod are included with the gun. The PGCA Letter is included. This is one of the nicest 12 gauge Parkers I’ve owned. It points and shoots exceptionally well. A nice piece for the trap range or the man cave. Price: $3,995

Parker GH 12 - Damascus, Collector Quality
Parker GH 12 – Damascus, Collector Quality

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ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE
ALEXANDER HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE .500 BPE

ALEX HENRY HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE 500 BPE: 28″  DAMASCUS BARRELS WITH 3 LEAF EXPRESS SIGHT AND PERFECT BORES DOUBLE TRIGGER EXTRACTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR AND MAKERS CASE 8LBS 7 OZ X 14 1/4. Price: $12,500

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE:  30″ BARRELS, FULL & FULL, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BORES.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, HUNTER SINGLE SELECTIVE TRIGGER.  FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME, UNTURNED SCREWS, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TYPICAL ENGRAVING WITH GAME BIRDS AND SCROLLWORK.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NICELY FIGURED WOOD, EXCELLENT WOOD AND CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 5/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  L C SMITH RECORDS, LETTER INCLUDED.  MADE IN 1925, 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION.  SCARCE GUN. Price: $5,800

L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
L.C. SMITH HUNTER ARMS SPECIALTY GRADE SxS SHOTGUN 20 GAUGE
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

PARKER GHE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: 32″ damascus steel barrels choked full & full. Auto ejector’s, double triggers, and deluxe checkered wood. LOP: 14 3/8″ to a dogs head buttplate. COMB: 1 1/2″ HEEL: 2 1/2″ Weight: 8lbs 6oz. Retaining 97% plus original barrel finish and pattern. The frame showing 95-97% original case colors. Triggerguard bow and tang 97% plus original bright blue. Super wood and checkering. Bores are mint. Price: $4950

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector: 26″ barrels choked modified(.017″) and full(.027″).Semi pistol grip stock,double triggers,ejectors.Imported in the 1930s by V,L,&D.Weighs 6-4.2 3/4″ chambers.Stock dimensions are 143/8″ LOP,1 5/8″ at comb, and 2 3/4″ at heel.Nicely engraved.A fine little upland bird gun. Price: $4,000

Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector
Francotte model 14E 20ga Boxlock Ejector

 

 

 

 

 

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge: 28″ barrels,10 choke tubes. English grip, field forend. DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 1/4″ CAST 1/8″ off LOP 14 5-8″ to checkered butt. 6lbs 4oz. Gun is in excellent condition. Price $2,400

B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge
B. Rizzini Aurum Classic O/U 20 gauge

Good gun alert: a nice looking 12g Parker GHE…

12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re looking for a classic American shotgun that’s perfect for wild pheasants, here it is:  a straight-gripped, 12 gauge Parker GHE, built on a 1 1/2 frame. It’s looks pretty original, and $2850 should be decent deal — especially with that straight-gripped stock and great dimensions.

12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun: Double trigger. All original except the era correct Jostam butt pad. Barrels are 30″, uncut. Bluing is original overall in good shape but has some discoloration. There are some remaining case colors with original patina. Original wood. Handling marks. A really, nice honest gun. Unrestored. The rt. bore is .732. the left bore is .731. The rt. choke is .028(IM). The left choke is .037(full). This one and one half frame gun weighs in at 7lbs 4oz’s. LOP is 14.5″. DAC is 1.5″. DAH is 2.25″.

I would rate this gun overall at 80%. It is original and everything works well including the ejectors. Selling well below Blue Book. I am selling this at about the 30% rating in the Blue Book. It is a wonderful gun for a lot of different shooting. The bores are mirror. Parker Special Steel barrels. Everything checks out correctly in the Parker gun serialization book.Serial number series is 212xxx somewhere between 1924 and 1925. Price: $2850.

12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge Parker GHE Double Barrel Shotgun

A sweet little 20 gauge Parker Bros. GHE double barrel shotgun…

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS

In his book Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, Ed Muderlak said something like “Parker shotguns aren’t rare. But Parker shotguns with lots original condition are.” Ed was right- of course. I live within a couple hours of a few large gun shops. These shops always have a few Parker on their racks. But rarely are these shotguns very original.

Original condition is everything to collectors, and that’s why Parkers like the one you see here drives them crazy. Made in 1923, it’s a 20 gauge G.H. with unusual 30″ barrels and what looks like a ton of original condition.

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS: RIGHT BARREL BORE .616 CHOKE .011 IMPROVED CYLINDER, LEFT BARREL BORE .618 CHOKE .022 IMPROVED MODIFIED, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS, DOUBLE TRIGGERS, EJECTORS, TWIN IVORY SIGHT BEADS, O FRAME, 14 1/4″ LENGTH OF PULL OVER DOGS HEAD BUTTPLATE, DROP 1 1/2″- 2 3/4″, 98% BARREL BLUE, 95% TRIGGER GUARD BLUE, 85% CASE COLOR, WOOD FINISH EXCELLENT, NICE TIGHT AND CRISP PARKER. PRICE: $10,999

PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30" BARRELS
PARKER GHE 20 GAUGE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN WITH 30″ BARRELS

Big prices for Parkers at Julia’s Spring ’09 Auction…

The James D. Julia Auction Company started their spring 2009 firearms auction yesterday, 3/16. Even though the economy stinks, there’s still money out there for good double barrel shotguns.

Several nice Parkers brought big money, although many of them missed their pre-sale estimates. This nice 20g A-1 Special with 32″ bbls hammered down at $95,000 (plus a 15% buyer’s premium). That’s a lot, but quite a bit below the auctioneer’s $120,000 – $150,000 estimate. While the gun is one of just a few 20g A-1 Specials Parker made, it had been “restored” some (reblued barrels, refinished wood) and that hurt it’s value.

This Parker AAHE 20g was another nice gun that went for big money, but failed to reach its low end estimate. The bidding on this one ended at $55,000, just under the pre-sale estimate of $60,000 – $90,000. The bbl and wood on this one had also been refinished – something the big spenders do not like to see.

One nice Parker that did beat its low-end estimate was was this very cool 28g CHE . This gun went to a buyer for $48,000 against an estimate of $30,000 – $60,000. Why did it do well? On top of being a small bore with very unique monte-carlo-style straight gripped stock, it’s excellent original condition. Parker CHE 28 gauge double barrel side by side shotgun at Julia's 2009 spring auctionAlmost all of the original barrel blue and color case hardening are present and the wood looks right too. And when it comes to guns, condition is king. Auction after auction has proven that buyers will pay a fat premium for it.

That being said, this Parker GHE 28g went for $48,000, just shy of it’s low-end estimate of $50,000. This gun was in fantastic, all original condition – pretty much new all around with all its blueing, color-case hardening, and wood finish – and it had great wood and a solid provenance. Parker GHE 28 gauge side by side shotgunEven though it’s a gun I would give my pinkies to own, I think there’s a simple reason it failed to blast past the estimate: the estimate was just too high. Prices for nice Parkers have skyrocket over the last few years. In the case of this gun, I think the auctioneer was bit too hopeful of what this gun was worth today.

On the more affordable side, a few nice Parkers did sell for under $5,000. This damascus-barreled 12g GH went for $2,750 – not a bad price considering all the original condition it had. Parker 12 gauge GH grade double barrel shotgunA gun like this would be a nice place for a new Parker fan to start building a collection.

Julia’s auction continues today, with lots of Colts and other stuff coming up. I’ll report back soon with info on other American doubles along with info on some British stuff, including a Rigby .450 double rifle and beautiful set of Purdey percussion guns.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, let me know.

Gregg@dogsanddoubles.com

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