Original or redone? You decide. A 20g Parker GHE …

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Original condition is THE most important factor to consider when determining the value of old shotgun — especially a classic American SxS like this Parker GHE.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Guns with more original condition are worth more; guns with less are worth less — and sometimes worthless.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

To complicate things, a lot of vintage guns have been redone (AKA refinished). Some have had their barrels reblued, and their actions recolored actions. Some have had their wood refinished and checkering recut. Others have had all this done to them and more.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

Most refinished guns stand out like pen-raised quail. But some are trickier, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can make an expensive mistake.

So what do you think of this Parker? Original or redone? Scroll down to find out.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

This Parker GHE 20g SXS is….ORIGINAL.

It was built by Remington in Ilion, New York, and it was one of the last Parker shotguns ever made.

Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28" 20g
Parker Brothers GHE Grade 2 Blue 28″ 20g

What’s original look like? A lesson from two VH-grade Parkers…

TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH
TOP: A 28g Parker VH BOTTOM: a 12g Parker VH

When it comes to vintage shotguns, especially vintage American shotguns, original condition matters the most. But what does “original condition” look like, especially on a couple VH-grade Parkers that are 80+ years old.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Take a look at these two. The first is a 28g that looks like it spent most its life in the field. The second is a 12g that looks like it was locked in a gun case since new. Both look all original to me.

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

 

28g Parker VH SxS
28g Parker VH SxS

Parker VH 28ga 28” SxS for sale: All original gun that has never been fooled with. These are very hard to find and super rare in original condition. Bright, shiny, 28″ bores choked f/f.Serial Number: 165290, Barrel Length: 28”, Barrels: 28”, Gauge: 28ga, Stock Dimensions: 14”, Stock Comb: 1 1/2”, Stock Heel: 2 1/2″ Price: $14,500 

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun: Advanced collectors always have what they call “reference guns”. A gun that they know to be all original to compare other guns to. This particular gun, a 225k SN range VH 12ga with original 28″ Vulcan Steel barrels is absolutely a reference gun. Made with capped pistol grip, splinter forend, double triggers and extractors.

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun

The gun remains in exceptional near mint original condition with more than 98% original barrel blue, virtually all of its bold original case color, and nearly all of its original stock finish. Here are the technical details on the gun: made on a 1-1/2 frame with drops of 1-1/2″ at comb and 2-3/4″ at heel and LOP of 14-1/2″ over the original DHBP. The gun weighs 6lbs 15oz and the barrels measure .730 (R) with .018(mod) and .732 (L) with .028 (imp. mod) and both barrels have .028MWT.  This gun is guaranteed authentic and completely original in every respect and comes to me from one of the great Parker collections in the country. PGCA Letter included identifying the gun exactly as found today. It is very near mint and truly fantastic. I wish every Parker I owned was this fine and easy to describe. Simply put, no excuses on this gun. Price: $5995

Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
Very near mint and all original Parker VH 12ga 28″- Reference Gun
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