If you’re a Parker fanatic with deep pockets, grab your check book. Here’s a super rare one, and even though it’s 100 years old, it looks like this side-by-side remains in incredible original condition.
According to the Parker collector’s site, Parker Bros made just over 1,000 BH-grades (which are Quality Bs without hammers — BH). I imagine very, very few of those were 20 gauges with 32″ barrels, ejectors (the E in BHE) and straight grips.
Parker BHE SxS 20 gauge 32″ barrels: Very rare, highly collectable 1916 Parker BHE (serial #174053) with straight stock and 32″ barrels. This Parker remains in high original condition with very good stock, B engraved receiver and Acme steel barrels. It is apparent that this shotgun has likely spent a lot of it’s 100 year old life tucked away in someone’s safe, leg-o-mutton gun case or closet. Shotguns of this quality rarely come up for as they are usually socked away in someone’s collection for many years and then passed on to family members, never to be seen by the general public. The consignor, after only a brief ownership, brought this Parker to me with hopes of alleviating homefront tensions. This little SxS features a straight stock, 32″ barrels with shiney bores, ejectors (which work with authority), “0” frame and double triggers. All desireable options for any SxS, but especially a high grade Parker. LOP is at 13 7/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 3/4″ and it weighs in at 6 lb 8 oz. Both bores measure .618 with .018 constriction on the right barrel and .024 on the left. Lock up is Parker tight and there is no movement between the barrels and the receiver with the forearm off. This is a seldom seen opportunity to own a high grade Parker. Also included with this Parker is the original leg-o-mutton case that A.T. DeForest bought for it. Price: P.O.R.
Manufacturer: Parker Model: BHE Serial Number: 174053 Ejectors: yes Metal Condition: very good Wood Condition: verygood Bore Condition: shiney Barrels: 32 inch Barrel Type: SxS Action: boxlock
Triggers: double Gauge: 20 Stock: straight Stock Comb: 1 1/2″ Stock Heel: 2 3/4″ LOP: 13 7/8″ Rib: solid Weight: 6 lb 8 oz Sights: single bead Manufacture Date: 1916 Choke Left: full Choke Right: mod Engraving: B engraving
The 16 Parker DHE I wrote about this AM is a tough gun to find. But the Parker you see here is even harder to track down. It’s a 16g BHE.
According to the Parker Gun Collector’s Association, the Parker company made just 1,034 B- grade hammerless shotguns. Of those, I bet very few came with in 16 gauge a straight, ejectors, shootable dimensions, and 28″ damascus barrels, like this one.
Called “Hansome and Durable” by Parker Bros, B grades were the fifth grade from the top (Invincible, A1-Special, AAH, AH, BH) and always custom made. They came standard with Circassian walnut stocks and they featured checkered side panels with fancy fleur-de-lis drop points.
Here’s more about the gun from the seller:
Parker BHE, 16 ga, 28″, Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: #208XXX, 28” Damascus bbls, 2 9/16 ” chambers, IM/M chokes. Lop: 14 5/8 ” LOP, 2 5/8 ” DOH, Skeleton buttplate, 6 lbs, 12 oz. Made in 1924. Stock: Original finish. Metal: Original finish, Concave File Cut rib. Price: $35,000
BTW: If you’ve ever wondered about the strength of damascus steel barrels, make note that this gun was made in 1924 – well after nitro powders had become the standard in the industry.
Parker double barrels are the most collectible shotguns in America for a number of reasons, the biggest one being their ubiquity. Parkers are common guns. But what you don’t see very often are the upper grades with straight grips and original condition. That’s why these two caught my eye.
This first gun is a 16g CH grade with 30″ bbls. It’s a pretty clean looking gun on an unusual frame for a sixteen (a 1 1/2). I do have my doubts about the beavertail forend, though. I’m not sure it’s original. Parker made just 1673 hammerless CH grades. Most of those are probably 12s, so a 16 has to be pretty unusual. Add in the original straight grip, and you’re looking at a very scarce gun.
The second I noticed is this 12g BH. Parker made just 1034 side-by-sides in BH grade, so this is another hard-to-find double. This one has 30″ barrels and no safety, which makes it pretty cool.
OK, here’s Parker double barrel shotgun that’s not for beginners. It’s coming up tomorrow at Bill Hood and Sons Art & Antique Auctions in Delray Beach, FL. I’m not sure if it’s a BH or a CH grade, or if it’s a 12 gauge or something else. It looks like it have characteristics of each grade, and the pics are too lousy to know for sure. Here’s what the auctioneer told me about it:
“Lot 232. the shot gun with the barrel that it attached Is serial #90681 and is 22”long. The extra barrel is ss# 99135 and is 26”long. the gun has a few issues . The plate on the but end that says parker is broken and piece is missing. All so some minor rust, also where the barrel meets the wood above the trigger area there seems to be two holes that have been filled that’s on either side of the lever that opens the barrel.”
They have the gun listed as a 12 gauge and the extra barrels as 20 gauges. Overall, it’s very buyer beware.
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.