Normally, I’m not the biggest fan of refinished shotguns.
Why? Because most of them are refinished incorrectly, and most of the refinished Parkers out there are overpriced.
Fortunately, the refinished 20g Parker GHE you see here doesn’t have either of these issues. As you can see, whoever refinished did an excellent job. It’s being auctioned off now at Gunbroker.com. There’s no reserve on the listing and it ends 10/18/2020 @ 9:00 PM.
The “GHE” in “Parker GHE” designates the gun’s grade (GH) plus the fact that it has ejectors (E). GH-grade Parkers were the company’s middle-quality guns. Shooters liked them, and the company sold more than 30,000 GH-grades.
The vast majority of these guns were 12 gauges. So a 20-gauge like this is not that common — especially a 20-gauge with ejectors and a straight grip.
This is a no reserve penny auction for a Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Grade 2 Frame Size 0 side by side shotgun in 20ga with Ejectors! Serial number- 176719. 14″ LOP from front Trigger. We are unsure of the chokes but took close-ups of all markings so please refer to the pictures. 2 3/4″ Chamber. Drop at comb is 1.75″, drop at heel is 3″. This piece is in Excellent condition and also comes with the case, cleaning rods, snap caps, and everything pictured! We believe this shotgun was manufactured in 1917 and was restored by DelGreco. Grade 2 has a higher quality of American walnut. The barrels are made of Parker Special Steel and feature unique engravings of a multitude of game birds. Ejectors were an option on GH grade. These guns with ejectors (GHE) are desirable to collectors and can add as much as 50% to their collector value. The GH Grade filled a gap between the lower grade or “knockabout” guns and the higher grade or “fine” guns, offering a finer quality fit and finish, engraving and style in a gun which could still be taken to the field without feeling like you’re ruining a presentation piece. We took several photos to help you evaluate this gun’s condition. Please review the photos and zoom in to see the details! This is a used gun so there may be signs of use and wear. If there is not a magazine in the photos or stated in the description, then one is NOT included with the gun.
It’s a Parker Bros A.H.-quality with ejectors (which makes it an A.H.E.) and ACME fluid steel barrels. Back when it was built in 1917, it was Parker’s third-best gun, two down from the top-of-the-line A1 Special and a single step below the company’s famous AAH-quality shotguns.
As you can imagine, it was expensive in its day. It cost more than most guys took home in six months, and that’s one big reason why Parker only built a total of 306 AH-grade shotguns. They were just too expensive for most folks.
But if you had the money ($250 in the 1920s), you could buy yourself a great looking gun.
VERY RARE AH GRADE PARKER 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: Gun features a 30 inch barrel with an unusual 2 Ivory beads on it. Choked improved cylinder and modified. AH stamp on the water table as well as a number 6. 175k serial range. Original straight grip stock measuring 14-5/8 inches to the end of the Josten pad. Excellent condition with most original varnish. Sharp checkering. It has a gold inlaid unused inscription plate in the stock. This Parker is in beautiful shape with 85-90% bright case colors on the frame. Bottom of the receiver retains just traces of case color. The trigger guard is nicely engraved with a dog and has traces of blue remaining. Bottom of the receiver has a beautifully done dog with a bird in it’s mouth and a running deer. Both sides of the receiver are game scene engraved. Quite delicately done. Gun has the correct splinter forearm as well automatic ejectors. Also has the correct barrel markings “Acme Steel” on top of the rib. Overall this just a great gun. This is the 3rd A grade I have bought this week. This one came from an estate out of Fargo North Dakota. It has been identified in the Parker gun identification and serialization book having all the mentioned features. Has never been on the market before. Gun weighs 7pounds 5 ounces. Price:$ 41,500.
E.J. Churchill Premier O/U 28 ga., 29″ barrels: Choked .005/.009 (improved cylinder/open modified) feature a raised, tapered file cut game rib. Auto ejectors, auto safety, single trigger. The round bar action is engraved in the finest small scroll with a fabulous scene of flushing quail on the action bottom and framed with “EJ Churchill Premier” in gold. The locks also bear the Churchill name, also in gold, contrasting against the old silver finish. Truly a sensational visual treat! Pistol grip stock of dark, old-world burl walnut with extraordinary figure measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-3/8″ heel, 14-3/8″ to a checkered butt, slight cast for a right-hand shooter. Slight forward bias, weighing only 5 lbs., 10 oz., results in an exceptional feel and swing. A true masterpiece! Just the ticket for quail and dove! Deluxe brass cornered leather case with outer canvas cover. Offered at half of replacement. Price:$57,500
Scarce Parker VH 28ga “00” Frame Gun with perfect dimensions: Made in 1927, this handy little gun made on a “00” frame with 26″ Vulcan Steel barrels. Made with splinter forend, double triggers, and extractors. The gun has been completely restored by Larry Del Grego and Sons and made into a straight grip gun with fantastic modern stock dimensions with a long LOP. Overall, the gun remains in superb condition as restored by Del Grego. It retains virtually all finish to both wood and metal showing only very minor use and handling marks. Mechanics are crisp and the bores are bright and shiny. Price:$14,500
William Evans Sidelock 16g in wonderful condition~ Check out the engraving and case color: This London 16 is in wonderful condition with over 90% original case color remaining. It is light and balances well and is tight as a drum. The trigger pulls are crisp and the auto ejectors shoot the shells across the room. Beyond wonderful condition, this London sidelock has near full coverage acanthus leaf engraving that is just stunning. What a wonderful little bird gun! Serial Number: 16988, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 26 1/2″, Barrel Type: Steel Action: Sidelock ejector, Gauge: 16 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 3/8″, Stock Heel: 2 5/16″, Stock Cast: 7/16″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6 lbs. 1/2oz., Choke Left: .032 extra full, Choke Right: .010 IC, Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .032″, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .032″. Price:$4,900
Browning Superposed 20ga in Tolex Case: Early Browning Superposed 20ga with 28″ vent rib barrels in very nice original Tolex case made in 1950. Gun has been used and shows some finish loss on the bottom of the receiver and stock but is otherwise in very good condition. The 28″ vent rib barrels are choked IC/M and are for 2 3/4″ shells. The Tolex case is in excellent condition however the inside strap is missing. Price:$4000
One of the great things about shooting old shotguns is the way they connect to the past. While you can read about history in books, with an old shotgun, you can feel it in your hands. The guns you see here offer those kinds of connections in very specific ways.
This trio of Purdey OUs was made for Sir Joseph Nickerson, one of the UK’s most famous shooters and author of the book A Shooting Man’s Creed. Nickerson started out shooting SxSs, but switched over to OUs, first Woodwards and then Purdeys.
Guy Lovelace was a successful southern California trap shooter back in the days when target shooting was covered in major newspapers the same way NBA games are covered today.
Important & rare DHE 20ga 30″ made for Famous Parker shooter Guy Lovelace w/Spec. features: Very rare Parker DHE 20ga with original 30″ barrels made for famed Parker Shooter Guy Lovelace and shipped to Tufts Lyon Co. in Los Angeles, CA for Guy Lovelace. Lovelace is easily googled and found in many shooting results as a champion shooter. He is also pictured on the rare Parker Bros 1905 calendar! I have some research and photos on email to go along with the gun to the successful purchaser. Made on a “0” frame with splinter forend, straight stock, double triggers and original skeleton buttplate. This gun with several special order features which are mentioned in the PGCA letter (photo included), most importantly is the forend checkering which calls for the forend to be checkered all over- this is the only factory original fully checkered original DHE 20ga I have seen. It also has wood that is just stunning – showing incredible fiddleback and color. The gun remains in pleasing untouched original condition with about 20% original case color. Barrels are excellent with about 75% original toned blue. The stocks are sound (no cracks) and retain about 85% of their original finish wish scattered handling marks from time in the blind. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price:$10,950
Here’s your chance to get a deal on what looks like a good, original Parker side-by-side. This gun is on Gunbroker.com now at No Reserve. The listing ends 4/6/2019 @ 3:54 PM.
VH-grade Parkers were one up from the Trojan, the company’s bottom-of-the-line models. In its catalogs, the company called them “…a strictly high-grade gun at a very low price”.
The No. 0 frame (Number Zero frame) was the smallest action Parker sixteens were built on (they were also made on the larger No. 1).
Parker 16 ga. 0 frame VH grade 28-inch barrels: I have this super nice Parker VH in original condition chambered in 16 gauge on the ever desirable “0” frame receiver. SN: 1369xx shows this gun to be manufactured in 1906. The barrels are 28″ and have not been cut. Made of Vulcan steel they have extractors, nice bores, no visible dings or dents, nice solid barrels finished out with a pair of nice beads with the front one topped in brass. The chokes measure: RH- .649, LH- .636. The Length of pull measures 14 1/4″ to the front trigger. Drop at comb is 1 1/4″ and drop at heel is 2 1/4″. Weight is 6lb, 9oz. There is some nice figure in the walnut stock for a VH grade. The original spur type dogs head butt plate has an old repair in the spur area but is solid and won’t be an issue. See photo. Overall this is a super nice all original 16 gauge Parker on the rare 0 frame that locks up tight with no looseness and is still right of center. Has perfect shootable dimensions with Vulcan steel barrels that can be used as a collectible piece still capable to be used for hunting. No reserve, bid with confidence.
“Fair price” and “Parker shotgun” aren’t words see near each other very often — especially when a Parker is a sixteen-gauge DHE. But from what I can see, that’s just how I would describe the SxS you see here.
The DHE was Parker’s entry-level, “custom gun” (meaning it had to be custom ordered from the factory) and the company considered it “The Best Gun Value of Which We Know.”
Parker DHE 16ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun: This good condition Parker was manufactured in 1910, it has 2 1/2″ chambers and automatic ejectors. The barrel is 28″ choke improved modified/ modified. The LOP is 14 1/4, DAH is 2 7/8 and DAC is 1 3/4, weight is 6lb 14oz. The 14 1/4 LOP is to end of the pad and the gun is on a 1 frame. I do have a Parker Gun Club letter for the gun, it was ordered by the Tufts Lyons Arms Co. of Los Angeles Ca. on October 22, 1908.
The Hawkins recoil pad was added to the gun. There is still 95% finish on the barrel, looks to be original and 30% muted case color. The quality refinished wood has crisp checkering with small dings. The only issue that I know of is a repair on the forearm a small crack that was professionally repaired, you have to look for it. Price:$4250
Classic. American. Grouse gun. Here it is, and it’s on Gunbroker.com now, being auctioned off at no reserve. The listing ends 11/4/2018 @ 8:43 PM.
The Parker GHE (a quality GH gun with Ejectors), was a lower, middle-grade gun in its day. Parker called it “a gun of exceptional value,” so it wasn’t cheap, but it offered a lot of nice features at a fair price.
This one is in what I would called “honest wear” condition. It looks like it was shot a lot, and a lot of the original finish is gone. There’s a pronounced crack in the forend, too. But that crack looks fixable and the rest of the gun looks sound.
1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28″ Shotgun: This Parker Brothers shotgun shows a Serial Number of: 235828. Length of Pull measures 13.5″ to back trigger. Length of Pull measures 14.5 to the forward trigger. Manufacture date is listed as 1931. This classic representation has Upland Game Scenes engraved on the frame. Barrel length is listed at 28″. In the select world of vintage American double barrel shotguns, the name Parker Brothers stands in a class of their own. The Parker Gun Collectors Association has done a great job fostering knowledge on these fine guns, which many believe to be America’s finest. This GHE shows:
Serial Stamp is 235828.
Frame Size “1”
“16/1” on the barrel lug
Barrel flat shows 3 1 indicating barrel weight.
Watertable is stamped GH indicating grade.
Barrel is stamped “Special Steel”
Watertable is stamped “2”
This 1931 example is in very fine condition showing a proud degree of the original blue finish and case coloring. The select grade American hardwood stock and forearm show a rich texture and grain profile. The original dog’s head buttplate is featured and also remains in excellent condition. The lettering and engraving and screws are all in superb condition and look clocked properly along the axis of the gun. The triggers are crisp and break clean. There are fewer and fewer 16ga. Parkers with 28” Parker Special Steel barrels remaining original condition. The forearm shows small imperfections but remains solid throughout. A most gorgeous Parker Brother SXS Shotgun for your consideration. We have opened the gun and photographed the internal proofs in detail.
A buddy of mine is a gun collector, raconteur, and international outdoorsman. He has owned everything from Fox and Fabbris to Perazzis and Bosses, and he has hunted everything from mourning doves in Texas to elephants in Tanzania.
A few years ago he gave me some advice: Stick to Parkers and Purdeys. Why? Because they’re great guns and everyone knows them and wants one. So they’ll always be demand for good ones.
He’s has a point. And if you buy into it, this is the next grouse gun you should own. Not only is it a Parker, but it’s a later gun in excellent original condition. So it has all the tweaks and modifications Parker Bros. made to improve their guns and it hasn’t been abused.
PARKER BROS. VH 16 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 16 gauge, 28″ Vulcan steel barrel choked IMP. & MOD on a No. 1 frame. Splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock measuring LOP: 14 1/4″, Comb: 1 1/2″, Heel: 2 1/4″. Weight: 6lbs 12 oz. Serial range 217xxx. In beautiful original condition with the barrels retaining 98% plus original blue. Much of the factory casehardened finish remaining on the frame. Super wood and checkering. Original factory buttplate. Perfect bores. 1926 mfg. Price:$4,495.
Here are two classic American doubles–an A.H. Fox and a Parker–both in twenty gauge and both perfect for the uplands. Which would you pick?
This Fox has a lot going for it: Original condition, lightweight, decent stock dimensions. Drawbacks? It’s pricey.
A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS. GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE. GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. MADE IN 1925. 100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price:$5900
This Parker doesn’t have the original condition of the Fox and it’s a heavier gun. But it has better stock dimensions because it was restocked. It’s less expensive, too.
PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN: 28″ BARRELS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS. TRACES OF CASE COLOR, 0 FRAME. PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, FINE CHECKERING, STEEL GRIP CAP. THE GUN WAS RESTOCKED IN ENGLAND, OUTSTANDING WORK. GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2″ X 15″, HAWKINS PAD, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. GREAT LITTLE PARKER TO HUNT WITH, MADE IN 1919. Price:$3500.00
Get it before it’s gone. This 20g DHE Repro has the two special features everyone wants today, but few people wanted back when they were building these doubles: Two triggers and 28″ barrels. It also has a long length-of-pull and excellent original condition.
It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).
Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.
Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend. The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″. The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter. Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price:$59,500
Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!: For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend. The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8. The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter. Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead. Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500
Both sets of barrels are 90% or better. Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face. There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels. There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels. Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use. All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition. There are no issues with either forearm.
The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use. The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers. The Hawkins Pad is period correct. The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment. There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.
The action has 90% or better case colors. There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left. The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row. All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.
This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story. According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels. There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels. This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action. This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured. With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use. The firearm matches the Parker Letter. This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price:$55,000
John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED: 6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price:$24,500.00
Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXS: Here is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price:$1,200
When I first got into Parker, the collector’s world for these shotguns was still filled with mysteries like the story of the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While many of these mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the Parker 12-gauge “1/2-frame”, remain.
PARKER VHE 12 GAUGE IN RARE 1/2 FRAME: Here is a Parker VHE in the rare 1/2 Frame size. Parker made a very low number of guns in 1/2 Frame size. Historians seem to believe that the total number was in the approximate 300-piece range. This gun has 26″ ejector barrels. Mirror bores at .731 with 15/1000 choke (Mod) and 28/1000 choke (Full). Chambers are 2 3/4″. All serial numbers match. Unrestored condition. Auto safety. Weight is 6 LBS 11 OZ. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 1/16″. Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″. Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″ Price:$3,995
Parker built its first 12-gauge 1/2-frame guns in the fall of 1937 after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY.
Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create a British-style, 12-bore game gun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shoots a 1 1/8oz load).
Parker author & researcher Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of Parkers Guns: The Old Reliable to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.
Neither writer proved anything. While McIntosh told a better tale and Muderlak presented a sound argument, the 1/2-frame is still a mystery. Or as Muderlak finally states after showing off his argumentative skills “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”
General Specs: Parker, Year 1906, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 2oz, Side-by-Side
Serial Number: 140136
Some guns are just special, and a Parker 16ga. on an “O” frame (20ga. frame) is just such a gun. More than a 1/2 pound lighter than a typical Parker 16ga, the “0” frame 16 is highly sought after by today’s upland hunter. They are not common, and to find one on the nicely decorated DH Grade format is a treat. This Parker DH, sn140136 made in 1906, is stunning with 99% factory damascus pattern, 95% factory case colors, perfect bores…no flaws anywhere. The serialization book shows it is configured just as it left the factory. They only made 458 damascus DH 16ga. guns. There can only be a handful on the highly desirable “O” frame. At 6lbs. 2oz. it is a delightful gun that will not wear you out by the end of the day. The wood on this Parker is incredible, with full flame and feather-crotch figure finished in a hand-rubbed oil finish, a 14 ¾” LOP to the factory skeleton butt plate, and modern
shooting dimensions (shown below) and perfect mechanics. This unusual combination of features makes it a very desirable Parker the likes of which you may never again see for sale, so don’t hesitate on “pulling the trigger” with this purchase. This little Parker will be a joy to carry afield or to your favorite clays course and we don’t expect it will be for sale for any length of time. This is the kind of Parker that will continue to gain value as you enjoy its use with its high factory original condition, very rare configuration on the “O” frame, low production numbers, awesome stock dimensions, and knock-out wood that is eye candy to all gun lovers! Thanks for looking at our fine guns. Barrel Length: 26″ Chokes: .666/.668 Bores: 0/.029 Cyl/F Bore Diameter: .021/.020 Wall Thickness: excellent
% Blue: 99% damascus Chambers: 2 9/16″ Ribs: tight Sights: double, ivory Action: tight, right of center Ejectors or Extractors: extractor Case Color: 95% factory Screws: excellent Engraving: excellent Trigger Type: double, crisp Trigger Guard Color: mostly grey Stock: capped pistol grip/splinter forend, incredible figure LOP: 14 3/4″ LOP To End Of Wood: same
Parker Bros. CH Grade 12 Ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side: Rare CH Grade Parker Shotgun with 30″ Titanic Steel Barrels that are choked Imp. Mod. / Imp. Mod. The LOP is 14 1/8″, DAC is 1 1/2″, DAH is 2 1/2″ and weight is 7lbs 14oz. This Parker is on a number 2 frame. It is listed on page 382 of Parker Gun Identification & Serialization. Serial number is 130777. Price:$6,500
Beretta SO3. 12 gauge OUA shotgun, as new condition. 28″ barrels. 100% factory hand engraving: For sale is a beautiful piece of art work. An as new side lock SO3 Beretta from the late 1960’s. All factory hand engraved. It has a true EELL pattern but for the price of an SO3 instead of an EELL. 28inch barrels. Mod and Full. unmolested. bores are bright, shiny no pits. perfect. Checkered butt. LOP 14.25″ DAC 1.5″. DAH 2.25″. The bluing is 98%. The wood is 98%. Single selective trigger. Very dynamic. Can be used for bunker, live birds or sporting clays. Comes in its makers leather case. The overall weight is 7pounds 4ounces. Neutral cast. Price:$5600
MOORE & GREY / WESTLEY RICHARDS 12B SIDELOCK SHOTGUN: An excellent, elegant, Moore and Grey TL round action 12b double sidelock with ducksbill lock plates, serial # 2xxx, No. 2 of a pair, with recent replacement 30” steel barrels by Westley Richards with perfect bores, NITRO 2 1/2” chambers choked IC/FL and retaining 98% blue. The lock plates with excellent, crisp, banknote scroll engraving, beautifully executed, with darkend backround which enhances it’s effect. Beautifully figured SG / SPL wood with dark swirls, proud to metal, with excellent, crisp flat top checkering, vacant gold oval, LOP 14 1/4 to a silvers style pad. Weight 6 lbs 12oz. DAC, 1 5/8, DAH, 2 3/8. A beautiful, classic upland game gun. The photos don’t do it justice. Price:$3995
Parker shotguns are filled with myths and mysteries:The true origins of the Czar’s Parker; the whereabouts of the three Invincibles. While some of the mysteries have been solved, others, like the “why” of the 1/2 Frame, remain.
Parker started building 1/2 guns in the fall of 1937–after the company had been sold to Remington and moved to Ilion, NY. Before the internet, a serious Parker collector would have been lucky to see one of these doubles in his lifetime. Today, thanks to a wired world, you can check out three of them.
Michael McIntosh wrote a bit about the 1/2 frame. He speculated that it was Parker’s attempt to create a British-style, 12g gamegun (basically a 12g weighs around 6 3/4 lbs and shooting a 1 1/8oz load). In Parker Guns: The Old Reliable, fellow author Ed Muderlak disagreed and dedicated a full chapter and 10+ pages of his book to prying apart McIntosh’s thesis.
Neither proved anything. One just told better tale while the other presented a sounder argument. But at the end of Chapter 5: Circumstantial Evidence, Muderlak states the one thing we really know about these shotguns: “… nobody knows what Remington had on its corporate mind when it retooled for the half-frame in 1937.”
PARKER DHE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SxS Shotgun: #237XXX #1 FRAME ALMOST ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 26″ IC AND FULL 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP SKELETON BUTT EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT HANDLING MARKS AND LIGHT WEAR AT MUZZLE 6BS 13 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 9/16 X 14 1/4. Price:$15,000
JP SAUER & SOHN – SUHL – MODEL XVIIE – MADE IN 1939 – 16 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS: Here is a special JP Sauer (Model XVIIE) in 16 gauge made in 1939. Elaborate scroll and game scene engraving. Scalloped frame. Well figured wood with diamond grip. Engraved heel and toe plates. Cocking indicators. Sideclips and arcaded fences. JP Sauer engraved on the barrel bands and heel plate. Top rib is engrved W. Eblen, Stuttgart (a high end gun retailer – Waffen Eblen). Special Krupp “3 ring steel”. Barrels are 27 3/4″. Right bore measures .664 with 20/1000 choke (Mod) while left bore measures .664 as well with 25/1000 choke (Full). Unengraved stock oval. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 7 1/8 OZ. Last image is a scan of the JP Sauer Catalogue from 1938. Shipping is $50. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 5/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/2″. Price:$9,750
Ernst Kerner Suhl, Double 12ga., 29” Bohler barrels choked Full/Full: Double trigger Auto Ejector, sideclip 3rd fastener. Cheek piece, 14 ¾” LOP, 13 3/8” of wood, wood extension might be the original piece of wood put back on. Leave it as is or put a pad on and LOP would be normal. Scalloped frame, ebony inlayed diamonds behind panels in stock. Horn trigger guard. 100% engraved with setters and pheasants. Bottom of frame has hawk and quail scene, right side has foxes and ducks. 2” of breech engraving, intercepting sears, balance of frame is profusely chisel engraved with oak leaves that is done to a very high level. Virtually no use, in as found condition, super high grade gun of unbelievable quality. 6 lbs. 10 oz. 14 ¾” LOP – 13 3/8” of wood. Price:$4,995
Here’s a nice Parker SxS that’s coming to auction in a couple days. Morphy’s Auctions in Denver, PA, has it, and their sale starts Saturday, May 23 @ 9:00 AM Eastern.
Parker’s Quality DH shotguns were the lowest-grades the company offered as custom-made doubles. In the 1930s, they cost around $148 ($175 with ejectors). At the same time, a Parker A-1 Special went for $825, a Fox XE was $185, and a W. & C. Scott Premier was $1000.
“The DH had Damascus barrels until Titanic Steel barrels were offered as a popular option. The stock was made of Circassian walnut. The stock commonly has a silver shield behind the tang, nickel or silver plated triggers and spear-pointed extensions to the stock side panels. The checkering on the stock is more elaborate than lower grades and is a deep, twenty lines to the inch. Stocks were fitted with a skeleton butt plate as standard but recoil pads were an option. Dogs were almost always a feature of the engraving on the sides along with some extensive scroll work. Before 1897, almost all grade 3 guns had Damascus barrels and Titanic Steels after that date, that is, until the Acme Steel barrels were introduced.”
Lot #823: Parker D.H. SXS Double Barrel Shotgun #226300: Manufactured in 1928. Parker 12 ga. with 2 – 3/4″ chambers with titanic steel barrels. The barrels show bright shiny near perfect bores with no pitting, corrosion, rust or dents. The left tube shows a bore diameter of .734″ and choked light full with a choke restriction of .034″. Right tube has a bore diameter of .736″ and choked modified with a restriction of .026″. Original barrel blue rates 95%-97%. The fully engraved receiver shows 60%-70% original case colors and look great with the Parker style engraving pattern. Gun is built on a 1 – 1/2″ size frame. The Parker serialization and identification book show this gun left the factory in this exact configuration. The only alteration is a leather recoil pad has been added. Gun has a length of pull of 14 – 1/4″ and a drop of 2 – 1/4″. The buttstock shows a perfect wood to metal fit, good sharp checkering on the pistol grip. This high condition Parker has a lot of life left in it. It comes with a modern Parker reproduction hard case. This old Parker is very collectible and perfect for the October woods. Wood is excellent, no cracks or chips, sharp checkering, proud to metal. Mint bore, action and lock – up.
If you’re into Parkers, these three side-by- sides will get your heart thumping. They’re all VHEs, and they’re all in very nice original condition. The first two double barrels are phenomenal. Just check out all that color. The 16g is real nice, too, and it would be a great gun for grouse hunting.
Parkers like this are very hard to fine, and all three are priced accordingly.
Parker VHE 20ga SKEET Spectacular: An amazing Original Remington Era 20ga VHE Single Trigger Beavertail 0 Frame Skeet gun Skeet In Skeet Out beautiful wood with a pistol grip cap 14 in LOP to a checkered butt Strong 99% case colors blueing is mint serial # 241531 wood is great beavertail has maybe a repair hard to tell. Price:$17,000
Parker VHE 16ga 28in M/F Exc: This gun has a PG with cap with DT Ejectors 28in barrels with strong blue m/f Made on a #1 Frame has strong case colors 75-80% Has a 14 3/8 LOP to a dogs head buttplate wood is very nice has some marks but nice figur. Price:$5,750
Here’s a Parker you rarely see. It’s a 12g that weighs 6lbs 10z – or about as much as a typical British 12 gauge game gun.
Most 12g Parkers were built on 1 1/2- 0r 2-sized frames. That pushed their weights into the 7 1/4 pound plus category (mostly plus). Even though Parker 12s could be built on the smaller 1-frames, few shooters ordered lightweight them. Instead, most people who wanted a sub-seven pound Parker dropped down to a 16 or 20 gauge.
Lot 921 – Parker VH 410 Shotgun, 26″ double barrels: S/N 219820. Top of barrels marked Parker Bros Makers Meridan CT. USA Vulcan steel. Marked on the side of frame Parker Bros. Frame is engraved along the outside edges with a border. Triple O size frame. Frame with the lightened oval cuts. Frame marked VH. Miller trigger. Walnut stock and forearm with checkered pistol grip and checkered forearm. Buttstock with hard rubber buttplate and Parker Brothers logo. No ejectors.
Condition: Barrels retain most of the original blue finish. Frame has traces of the original case colors in the protected areas. Most of the frame is a silvery grey. Stock and forearm are excellent with minimal nicks and dings. A very rare American made shotgun in 410 gauge.