Good gun alert: a DelGrego redone Parker VH 20 gauge, straight grip…

20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish
20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish

Refinished shotguns aren’t my thing – most of the time. But this  little 20 gauge Parker caught my eye, and I have to say this: For redone gun, it sure is nice looking double.

The seller says this gun was refinished by Larry DelGrego in the ’70s. The DelGregos are the first family of Parker restoration, and their work is almost as famous as the guns themselves. Larry DelGrego Sr. went into the Parker repair and restoration business in 1955, after learning 22 years of learning his craft at the Parker factory. Today, Larry DelGrego III is carries on the family tradition and turns out first quality work on America’s favorite double barrel shotgun.

20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish
20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish

Refinishing a SxS like the Parker you see here is an expensive project, and doing right will cost you $3,500+. But as you can see for yourself, when the job is done right, the results can be very nice.

Here’s more info on this shotgun from the seller:

Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Straight Stock: Restored by Larry DelGego in the ’70s. 26″ bbls, Twin ivory beads, Modified and Full, Mirror bores, twin ivory beads, 0 frame, straight grip stock to a checkered butt,  14″ x 1 1/2″ x 2 3/8″. 5lbs, 12oz. 99% blue, 100% case colors & trigger-guard blue. Looks new. Price: $3800.00

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20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish
20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish
20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish
20 gauge Parker VH-grade double barrel shotgun, DelGrego refinish

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

Auction alert: a 28 gauge Parker DH, 28″ bbls, circa 1910…

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

Twenty-eight gauge Parkers are tough to find, especially ones with 28″ barrels and a bit of original condition. From the looks of things, the one you see here has all that and more.

This 28g Parker is up for auction now at Gunauction.com. It’s a no reserve auction, ending on Sunday, May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. So if you like what you see, get on it now.

 

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

28 gauge Parker DH Grade SxS Double Barrel shotgun: 152943 mfg. circa 1910, 28 ga., built on a “00” color case hardened boxlock frame, blue finished 28 in. Titanic Steel BBLs, DT, EXT, checkered deluxe PG walnut stock w/hard rubber butt plate and splinter forearm.

Condition (assuming original) – Appears to be in NRA Modern Good overall original condition with 70%-80% BBL blue and 50%-60% color case hardened finish remaining and only light handling marks.

28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943
28 gauge Parker DH Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun, #152943

 

See it for yourself: a real factory refinish on a 12g Parker VH double…

Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish

Refinishing shotguns is like golf: Lots of people do it, few do it well.

The 12 gauge VH-grade Parker shotgun you see here is up for auction now (ending March 17, 2013 17:15:00 PT). This double was made in 1902 and refinished by Parker in 1950 (owned by Remington and located in Ilion, NY, by then).

It’s a great looking gun, and it’s  interesting to see what the factory did and how well they did it.

Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish

The first thing that JUMPS out  are the screaming case colors.  Those are cyanide colors. Originally this Parker came with bone-charcoal case colors, and when it was new they looked more like this. By the 1930s, Parker was using cyanide colors on all their shotguns. Take a closer look at the pics to see just how nice these colors looks.

Overall, I have to say that the refinish on this VH-grade Parker was done well — and right. If you would like to add a Remington-refinished Parker to your collection, this is the one to get.

Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish
Parker Bros. VH 12 gauge Double Barrel Side by Side Shotgun, 1950 Remington Refinish

On Ebay now: an original 1937 “The Parker Gun” shotgun catalog…

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

Old gun catalogs from the original makers are one of the best places to learn about vintage shotguns. This Parker shotgun catalog on Ebay now is one of the nicest the company every produced. It’s also one of the most detailed and informative. If you’re really into Parker shotguns, it’s a must have.

This catalog is from 1937 – so well into Parker’s Remington period. I think it’s the final retail catalog Parker/Remington ever produced. With nice pictures, long descriptions and big pages (the catalog measures 11″ x 8 1/2″), it’s also one of the best. Ever single Parker shotgun available at the time is featured – from the A1 Special to single barrel Parker Trap guns. There are also accessories like butt pads and detailed instructions for ordering a new Parker side by side.

On the collector’s market, a catalog like this is a $400-$475 item, so if you can get this one for any less than that you’re going well. The auctions end on Feb 07, 2013 @ 17:30:18 PST, so get on it now.

Here’s part of the description of it from the seller’s listing:

1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog
1937 Parker Double Barrel Shotgun Catalog

“This is a all original Parker Gun Catalogue from when Remington took over production. The catalogue is in excellent condition with minimal wear , one small tear on one page…The catalog has all of the information when one was going to order one of these fine shotguns. It includes all of the grades from A1 Special to Trojan. It describes each grade in detail…”

Auction Alert: a MINTY 16 gauge Parker DHE shotgun…

16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun
16 gauge Parker DHE double barrel shotgun

Parkers have always been the most popular double barrel shotguns in America. Parker Bros. and then Remington turned out 268,000+ of these side-by-side shotguns, so there are always plenty of them around. What’s hard to find is a Parker Bros. shotgun is nearly-new original condition. That’s what makes this 16 gauge DHE so special.

Here’s some of the auctioneer’s description of the gun:

“Parker DHE Grade, 16 ga. side by side shotgun. Serial #199000, mfg. 1921. Holy elegance, Batman! Wow… Here it is: Simply the finest ALL ORIGINAL, nearly unused DHE I’ve ever had the pleasure of offering. It’s a freeze-frame of 1921 with 98% blue on the barrels, beautifully figured crotch-walnut stock and 90%+++ case color on the receiver. Receiver has nicely rendered scroll work and setter and pointer dog scenes with three pheasants on the bottom of the receiver – beautiful.” See the complete auction listing now

A quick look at an early Parker shotgun…

Parkers double barrel shotguns are probably the most popular, and most collectible, of the vintage America side by sides. Here’s a good look at one of the earliest Parker designs – the Under Lifter hammergun. I handled a number of under-lifter Parkers. They’re surprisingly easy to open/close.

Original or redone? You decide — Parker DH

Spotting a refinish is an important skill to have if you start collecting old double barrels. A lot of the vintage side-by-side shotguns out there are 70+ years old and most of them have had some work done on them. Because collectors place such a premium of original condition, it pays to know what it looks like (and it can cost you a lot if you don’t). To that end, lets check out this 12g DH grade Parker shotgun:

First, take a look at the action. There’s a lot of color there, but are they Parker colors?  And take a look at the wood, especially at the horizontal edge against the edge. Does it look a little rounded?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun
Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, check out the stock. The wood’s fairly light. And where are the dings and scrapes? Would you expect to see some on a gun this old?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun
Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, take a look at the checkering. What do you think? Is that really Parker checkering?

Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun
Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, if you haven’t figured it out already, this Parker is totally redone – wood, metalwork, and barrels. The works pretty good, but it wasn’t done in Meriden, CT. You can see more pics of the gun and buy it here.

Tons of Good Guns — 11/6, Ephrata, PA, Horst Actions…

Horst Auctions in Ephrata, PA, is holding a big gun auction on Saturday, 11/6.

Horst Auction
Horst Auction

Here is a listing plus pics of everything in the auction. There are plenty of good guns there. Lots featuring double barrel shotguns are listed below:

108.     W. W. Greener hammer double ser.# 23915.

110.     Parker Bros. “T” Quality ser.# 76804.

112.     Baker Gun Co. “Model 1897” ser.# 32066.

114.     Moore & Harris percussion double ser.# 500

116.     J. P. Sauer & Son hammer double ser.# 239414.

118.     Browning “Citori Lightning” ser.# 27339NX773

123.     Parker Bros. “VH Grade” ser.# 179744

135.     Ithaca “Crass Quality 1” ser.# 92137.

137.     Parker Bros. “Lifter Action” ser.# 8399

141.     Moore & Harris percussion double ser.# 4227

145.     Remington Arms Co. mod. 1889 ser.# 252033.

147.     A. H. Fox “Sterlingworth” ser.# 91323

149.     J. P. Sauer & Son mod. V or 60?? ser.# 141721

180.     A. H. Fox “Sterlingworth” ser.# 122724

185.     Savage-Fox “Sterlingworth” ser.# 266415

202.     Parker Bros. “G” Quality ser.# 64751.

203.     Browning “Superposed” ser.# 2785.

204.     J. P. Sauer & Son mod. V or 60?? ser.# 122997

205.     Lefever Arms Co. “H Grade” ser.# 58831

207.     Charles Daly “Superior” grade ser.# 1771

209.     Meriden Firearms Co. “The A. J. Aubrey “T” Quality” ser.# 2949

210.     Remington Arms Co. mod. 1900 “Trap Gun F Grade” ser.# P135125

212.     A. H. Fox “CE Grade” ser.# 31688

213.     Lefever Arms Co. “G Grade” ser.# 47604.

214.     G. L. Rasch hammerless ser.# 672

215.     G. Hemenway hammer double ser.# 6321

216.     Prize Machine Gun mod. 1883 ser.# 28946

218.     Parker Bros. “G” Quality ser.# 129283

219.     Darne mod. R10??? ser.# SPC623. — 20g

259.     Regina hammerless ser.# 1421

260.     A. H. Fox “A Grade” ser.# 301319. — 16g

262.     Parker Bros. “G” Quality ser.# 89164

263.     W. & C. Scott & Son “The Monte Carlo B” ser.# 70886

264.     W. & C. Scott & Son “The Excellentia” ser.# 34334.

265.     George Gibbs mod. unknown ser.# C700.

266.     Lefever Arms Co. “BE Grade” ser.# 39303

267.     H. Clarke hammer double ser.# 8516.

268.     Charles Holloway hammer double ser.# 1213

269.     E. Remington & Sons mod. 1882 ser.# 15344.

270.     Prize Machine Gun mod. 1883 ser.# 35470

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