Welcome to another round of original or redone! I asked the same questions about this 20g GHE the other day. The answer was “all original”.
What do you think about this 28g Parker GHE SKEET gun?
At first glance, this old SxS looks pretty original. But when you look closer and do a little research, that changes.
Parker records show this double was made in 1936 with a beavertail forend, single trigger, 26″ barrels, and ejectors. The records also say it was made with an English-style straight-grip stock. As you can see, it now has a pistol-grip stock. Problem? Maybe.
Markings on the barrels that show the gun went back to Parker in 1937 for repairs. Did Parker restock it at that time? If they did restock, the stock looks barely used — unlike the barrels and the back of the triggerguard.
Turnbull Restorations confirmed they recolored the action. They may have reblued the triggerguard, too. The blueing on the barrels looks good, but it may have been redone (if you’re recoloring the action, why not reblue the bbls, too?).
That red bead on the front of the bbls is another head scratcher. It could be original Parker did offer those red beads as options back when this gun was made.
Regardless of originality this gun still hammered down for almost $26,000. Why? Because it’s scarce, and even though it’s not all original it’s still a nice vintage American double.