Auction alert: great high grade Parker doubles in AAHE, CHE, DHE plus GHE, VHE

Little John’s Auction Service annual May antique and sporting guns auction starts tomorrow. There’s a lot of nice doubles there, including these Parker side by sides.  Here a few that really caught my eye:

Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels
Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels

Lot 560: Parker AAHE Grade Pigeon gun, 12 gauge 2 ¾” chambers, 32” barrels: Serial number 205648. About 240 made. Excellent as restored condition by DelGrego. Barrels show Peerless steel marking. The interior of the barrels are very good plus with 99% plus of the proper color refinish. The action has been lightly polished. The trigger guard has been refinished. The stock remains in excellent as restored. LOP 14 ½”, 1 7/8” drop at the heel, ½” drop at the comb. Wall thickness .29 right and .25 left. . Est.: $35,000- $70,000.

Lot 600: Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30″ barrels: Serial #118334. English style straight stock, double triggers, auto ejectors, Titanic steel marked barrels, in very good+ to near fine original condition, . The barrels show 75-85% original blue; action retains 40-60% case hardening; the trigger guard has drifted to traces of blue; the stock shows a good grain and fancy checkering, with the forend almost fully checkered. LOP 14-1/2″. The gun locks tight, the bores are bright, and this is a very nice looking collector’s grade Parker. Est.: $6,000-$12,000

Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30" barrels
Parker CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel shotgun, 30″ barrels
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame

Lot 197: Parker VHE grade 20 gauge, SxS shotgun: Fine original condition. Serial #210670. The barrel’s measure 26”. 14 ¼” LOP The barrel’s retain 95% plus bright original blue, action shows 50% to 70% bright original case hardening. Trigger guard shows 50% to 70% thinning original blue.  The gun is completely authentic and not abused. A collectors quality Parker out of a local estate. The barrels are both choked improved modified showing 2 ½” drop at the heel and 1 ½” drop at comb. Full 2 ¾” chambers and the ejectors work well. Est.: $1,400-$2,800.

Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington
Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington

Lot 176: Parker Brothers 12 gauge GHE grade Factory Skeet, by Remington: Serial #241791. In fine to near excellent condition. 26” barrels with ventilated rib, single trigger, auto ejectors, beavertail forend, pistol grip stock, skeleton butt plate. The gun shows 95% to 98% original blue and case hardening with just some slight handling and minor use. The stocks are also fine to near excellent showing a nice burled wood grain. The barrels are both choked cylinder or skeet. 14” LOP. Est.: $7,000 -$14,000.

Lot 1463: 28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame: Serial #184814. Barrels originally 30”, now 26”. English style straight stock, skeleton steel butt plate and checkered butt, serial number 184814. Old factory or Del Greco quality refinish of which and 90% to 95% of this blue finish remains showing good sharp edges and sharp markings with just a few small scratches, slight toning and minor losses. The frame is typically Parker engraved with fancy scrolls showing hunting dog on left and right with game bird on bottom. The frame shows 65% to 85% proper and old-style case hardened colors. Select checkered walnut stocks which of also been lightly refreshed and refinished. The action is tight and the bores are near excellent . Est.: $20,000-$40,000

28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame
28 gauge Parker CHE double barrel SxS shotgun, OO frame

All the hammergun fun, none of the hassle….

I love hammerguns. To me they’re the peak…the pinnacle..the apex, even, of the gunmaker’s art. Few double-barrels are as elegant as this 12 gauge  W. & C. Scott Premier, and what hammerless, side-by-side shotgun can match this sexy little 20g Powell bar in wood?

12 gauge Sauer hammergun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Sauer hammergun on Gunbroker.com

That being said, I know hammerguns can be PITA. The breechloading, hammer gun period lasted just twenty years, from about 1866 to 1886. As the 19th century chugged into modernity, hammerless doubles by Purdey, Boss, Holland & Holland were the cools kids. Hammerguns were pretty much done.

These days, many of the hammerguns you see are old and tired. Most have damascus barrels and short chambers. The American ones have too much drop and the British ones have been honed, polished, and worked over like Rodney King by the LAPD.

That’s why this 12 gauge J.P. Sauer hammergun by caught my eye. With 27 1/2″ fluid-steel barrels, a straight, English-style stock, good dimensions (14 3/4″ x 1 5/8″ x  2 1/2″) , and 2 3/4″ chambers, it’s has all the plusses of a hammergun and none of the downside. You know it’s quality, too (it’s German). Best of all, it’s cheap. Where else can you buy that much elegance for $1495?

12 gauge Sauer hammergun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Sauer hammergun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Sauer hammergun on Gunbroker.com
12 gauge Sauer hammergun on Gunbroker.com
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