Here’s a gun every red-plaid-jacket wearing grouse hunter would love to own.
Parkers like these are THE classic doubles for upland hunting. This one is especially nice because it looks pretty original, it has some nice finish on it, and it’s fairly priced.
Parker VH 20 Gauge Side-by-Side Shotgun, 28″ Barrels: Serial Number 220979 — 1927. Pistol Grip. 0 frame. 14 1/2″ LOP. Drop at heel: 2 11/16″. Drop at comb: 1 7/16″. Right Bore .620”. Left Bore .619”
Chokes R .011 L .020. Some finish is worn off, but overall great original condition Parker. Price:$3,800
Quality V.H. shotguns were built to be “…strictly high-grade gun at a very low price–the best-made gun of its grade ever produced”. Hunters bought 78,670 of them and made the VH Parker’s most popular model.
Today, VHs are the most common Parkers out there. But how many of them all original, brand new, in their original box, with their original tags, like this one? Very, very few. That’s why some collector paid so much money for it.
Parker VH Grade 20 Gauge Double Shotgun, 26 Inch Barrels, Very Rare with Original Box and Hang Tags: It is not often that we have the opportunity to sell a firearm as special as this Parker. In all the years we have been in the firearms business, neither we or any of the other dealers we have talked with have ever had an original box and hang-tags with a Parker Shotgun. The 1921 vintage shotgun is a Vulcan Grade 20 Gauge with 26 inch barrels that is built on the lightweight O frame. It is in the best condition we have seen in years with nearly 100% original blue and 95%+ original case colors, with the only wear apparent on the gun is a small loss of case colors and small dark staining spots on the sides of the breeches of the receiver, probably from “box wear”. The bores are mint and the wood is nearly flawless, with only a couple of very small handling marks in the finish. This is probably the nicest 20 Gauge Parker most people would ever see, and it is made extra special by having its original box and hang tags. This is undoubtedly a “once in a lifetime” chance to own a very unique Parker Side-by-Side. PRICE: $14,750 — SOLD
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS:Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. Shipping and insurance is $75. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Price:$13,750
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: 26” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .023 right and .023 left. The bores are clean and shiny and measure .677 right and .676 left. The barrels have been reblued, retain 98% of their finish and have a single silver bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS, MAKERS. MERIDEN, CONN. VULCAN STEEL. The #0 frame has 50% original case coloring. The trigger guard has been reblued and retains 95% finish. Double triggers, extractors automatic safety. The forearm is original and retains 95% original finish with some scratches. The pistol grip stock has been refinished, retains 98% finish and the length of pull is 13 7/8” to the front trigger. It is finished off with a metal grip cap and a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 3/4”, drop at heel: 3 1/8”, weight: 6.2 lbs. Price:$6500
Joseph Lang & Son Boxlock Side-by-Side Double Rifle, .470 NE: Price: $29,999.99 Caliber: .470 Nitro Express
Metal Condition: Good with scratches and some finish wear at the muzzle. Bright CCH on the receiver.
Wood Condition: Very good with handling marks.
Bore Condition: Shiny with good rifling.
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: Chekcered walnut.
LOP 14 ½”
Fore End: Checkered walnut.
Butt Pad: Pachmayr Old English red rubber recoil pad.
Weight: 10-lbs., 7-ozs.
Sights: Hooded front bead, 3-position rear blades.
FRATELLI RIZZINI – R2 – 410 – SxS BOXLOCK MINT CONDITION: Here is a mint condition Fratelli Rizzini R2 with the removable inspection plate in 410. Ejectors. Chopper lump barrels that are 27″ in length with Mod and Full chokes. Chambers are 3″. This gun was donated by Frank & Nan Pachmayr to Ducks Unlimited for fundraising purposes. Manual safety. Extraordinary fit, finish, balance and handling. Weight of gun is 5 LBS 11 3/8 OZ. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″ Drop at Comb – 1 7/16″ Drop at Heel – 1 5/16″ Price: $15,500
PARKER VH GRADE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL S/S SHOTGUN: 12 gauge, 28″ fluid steel barrels with extractors and choked mod. & mod. Double triggers, checkered splinter forend and straight grip buttstock ending with a factory buttplate. LOP: 14″ to the buttplate. Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2 5/8″ Weight: 7lbs. The barrels showing much of the blue with some light thinning where it was carried. The frame has traces of case colors with the remainder faded. Very crisp wood and checkering. Excellent bores. A great light weight shooter on the 1 1/2 frame size. Serial range 2206xx. Price:$3,250
Browning BSS Sporter (Straight Grip) in 20 Gauge, 28″ barrels w/ Browning Luggage Case: It would be hard to find a nicer and more desirable Browning BSS side by side than this one! This 20 gauge “Sporter” model was made in 1979 and is as nice as they come. It comes complete with the original dark brown Browning hard sided luggage case with the owner’s manual and latch keys. It has 28 inch barrels which is the longest length that Browning offered in this model, and they are the hardest length to find. This model BSS also features a straight English style grip, a single selectable trigger, automatic ejectors, and a oil finished walnut stock with checkering on the wrist and forearm. The Browning factory blue finish on the metal parts rates a conservative 98% and looks minty. Only under very close examination can you find anything to deduct some percentage points. The original factory stock set is in excellent condition and could pass for being made last week! The checkering is still sharp and it has not been altered in any way. The Browning butt plate is in excellent shape, and the shotgun pulls 14 & 1/4 inches. The condition of this Browning is nearly perfect and looks like it was never used or carried in the field. These BSS models have a reputation for being durable and nicely fit and finished. Not only are they a very attractive and classy double gun, they handle well in the field and have great balance. We share the opinion of many that you can’t buy a nicer double for the money than this model, and we think it would be next to impossible to find a BSS in any better condition than this one. Price:$2,150
Antonio Zoli, 20 gauge, SxS, Abercrombie & Fitch version: Price:$1999.99 Caliber: 20 Gauge. Chambers: Chambered for 2 3/4″ shells. Metal Condition: Excellent with fine engraving. Wood Condition: Excellent. Bore Condition: Bright & shiny. Barrels: 26 Inches. Triggers: Double trigger se. Stock: Fine walnut with excellent checkering on both the stock and the fore end. Stock Dimensions:
14.5 LOP. Fore End: Walnut with matching checkering. Butt Pad: Original butt plate. Weight: 5 Lbs, 9 Ounces. Sights: rib with front bead.
Ithaca 1911 Grade 4E Flues SXS 20ga with Ejectors 28″ Krupp Fluid Steel Barrels Beautiful: Wow, what a nice piece to add to anyone’s Collection, very early, 1911 Ithaca Flues Grade 4 Side by Side 20ga Shotgun with 28″ Barrels. Price:$5,999
Model: Flues 4E
Serial Number: 214159
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Mirror
Manufacture Date: 1911
Engraving: Grade 4 Yes!
Ansley H. Fox Side By Side 20 Gauge “A E” Grade: This shotgun’s serial number is 202993. It is a 20 gauge shotgun fitted with auto ejectors and double triggers The barrels are 28 inches long. These barrels have the solid rib. They are choked Full and Full. The “pull’ is 14 and 3/8 inches from the front trigger. The recoil pad is a “Old English” style pad. The barrels have no dents or blemishes. The barrels are made with chromox fluid compressed steel. The barrels also say Made By A.H. Fox Gun Co. Phila. Pa. U.S.A. The engraving is sharp and clean. The checkering is in very fine condition with sharp diamonds. This shotgun locks up tight. The automatic safety works smoothly. The wood finish is in fully intact condition and pleasing to the eye. The rust blued barrels would rate a 98% condition. The color cased finish is faded on the receiver. This is a very nice condition A. H. Fox Shotgun that will fit well for the collector as well as the shooter. Price:$5500
BROWNING SUPERPOSED 12 GA SUPERLITE OU SHOTGUN: MADE IN BELGIUM IN 1967. FIRST YEAR OF THE SUPERLITES. BARRELS ARE 26 INCHES WITH A SOLID RIB AND CHOKED I.C. AND MOD. 98% CONDITION. Price:$3,000
Metal Condition: EXCELLENT
Wood Condition: EXCELLENT
Bore Condition: EXCELLENT
LOP: 14 1/4
Weight: 6.7 PDS
PARKER BROS, SXS, VH, 12 GA: 1 1/2 Frame, 28”, IM& F, DT, Capped Pistol Grip, Splinter Forearm, Matted Concave Rib, Scroll Border Engraving, Casehardened Receiver , Pad, sn 219xxx, A nice all original gun with lots of casecolors and nice modern dimensions, Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 14 1/4 with 0 cast, Weight 7#3oz, ID 3439, EXC. Condition. Price:$2495
BTW: This shotgun is far from “Near Mint” like the sellers says. So be sure to take a closer look at the gun overall before bidding. The wood may be refinished, and even though the seller says the barrel-blue is original, it sure looks redone to me.
PARKER BROS. VH GRADE 20 GA, VULCAN SHOTGUN: #176671, MFG 1935, 20 gauge PARKER BROTHERS VH GRADE SIZE 0 FRAME Double Barrel Shotgun WITH 28″ Vulcan Steel Barrels with mirror bores. The barrels have a matted tapered concave rib, and is marked “PARKER BROS MAKERS. MERIDEN CONN. VULCAN STEEL” flanked by two arrows pointing inward. It has double triggers and tang safety, action is crisp, markings are vivid. Barrels retain 98% original finish. Excellent checkered stock . Excellent-Near Mint *
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.
Amoskeag Auctions two-day November sale starts tomorrow, 11/22, 2014 @ 9am. There are a number of nice looking guns in this auction – from a slew of rare American-made bolt rifles to the double barrel shotguns listed below. That P. Mullin and the William Schaefer and super rare American side-by-sides, and from I’ve heard, the Schaefer is superb.
Lot 245: New York Underlever 12g Double Hammergun By Patrick Mullin: Serial #1, 12 ga., 28″ barrels with bright very good bores which show some scattered light pitting, a spot or two which might be slightly more moderate. The barrels show lovely plum and gray contrasting damascus pattern their full-length, appearing to have been very nicely, very professionally re-struck. The concave rib is marked “P. Mullin New York” and the breeches show very light geometric engraving. The frame is primarily a dark plum brown and speckled case-hardened patina with some generous colors atop the short tang. There are graceful chiseled “cap deflecting” contours behind each fence and the hammers retain their cap deflecting ridges at their leading edges. The lockplates are unembellished and show some silvery speckled and gray case-hardening with the right lock more of a pewter, the left more of a blue-gray with colors in the areas of the hammers. The straight grip English walnut buttstock rates very good plus showing nice grain figure but with some added finish, also retaining a few sparse minor dings and dents from the years. It is checkered slightly coarsely in a wrap-over pattern and there is an un-engraved shield-shaped silver monogram plate atop the wrist. The forend is in a similar state of condition and is near overall checkered and features a nice horn tip insert. Likely a very late shotgun, nearly all of Mullin’s forearms are retained by wedge and tenons while this example is a lever-release. Twelve gauge guns by Mullin are actually very rare as he was known for making large-bore fowling pieces. Most of his guns are 10 and 8 bore, with some 4 bore guns known. The barrels fit ever-so-slightly loose with the lever at the end of its travel and the locks are crisp and mechanically functional and are non-rebounding. A very nice example overall from this prolific New York maker of big bore single and double barrel fowling pieces. Estimate $1500-$2500
Lot 249: Wonderful 12g William Schaefer Boston Top Lever Double Hammergun: Serial #2, 12 ga., 28″ barrels with .004″ constriction in each tube and with excellent bores. This shotgun is marked on each lock “W.R. SCHAEFER” and the top rib is engraved “W.R. SCHAEFER BOSTON MASS.”. This shotgun shows fabulous workmanship and remains in fabulous original condition. The barrel flats and watertable both show a single “2” and the barrels and action show no proofs of any kind; the barrel shows the initials “W.K.S. just ahead of flats. The shotgun features beautifully executed raised ridges on the fences around the firing pins. The only engraving is a small wedge on the rib at breech and a nice border around the breeches. The forend tip is of iron and beautifully formed as are the perfectly fit toe and heel buttplate. The barrels retain about 90 – 95% evenly thinning original damascus pattern. The action, locks and hammers show about 90% original color case-hardened finish faded to a pewter gray on the belly but showing nice contrast on the locks. The top lever is finished in blue, the triggerguard in color case hardening which is faded to gray. The checkered straight grip buttstock and forend are of beautifully figured walnut and rate excellent with 90% plus original finish remaining and with sharp checkering. The stock features dropper points and a beautiful iron toe and heel buttplate with smooth center and a gold monogram plate on top of wrist which is engraved with fancy monogram. The forend is checkered in a fancy pattern and is wedge fastened with the head of the wedge fitting flush into a recess in the escutcheon. All screws remain properly indexed. This is a very fine Boston double with lovely little details which showcase the pride that this highly talented maker took in his work. Estimate $2000-$3000.
Lot 281: Parker 28g Vh Grade Boxlock Double Shotgun: Serial #128240, 28 ga. on No. 0 frame, 24″ barrels choked cylinder and improved modified with bright excellent bores. This is a rare little Parker, one of only 38 original V grade guns with 24″ barrels. The barrels retain about 90% evenly thinning original blue finish. The action is mostly a silver gray patina with bright color under top lever. The walnut stocks appear to factory Remington replacements, the buttstock is excellent and fits beautifully, the forend is not quite as nice. The forend checkering pattern is a little different than factory and the buttstock has a “REMINGTON” marked gripcap. The stock has a 14 7/8″ length of pull over a Redhead pad with outward rake at the toe and drops of 1 3/4″ and 2 3/4″. This is a rare little smallbore Parker that should be fun to hunt. Estimate $6000-$8000.
Lot 390: Rare 12g Hoffman Arms Company Double Ejectorgun: Serial #98598, 12 ga., 29″ fluid steel barrels both choked a light full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain about 80% original blue, the loss is some even light fading and toning with the some wear along the lower right edge of the right tube where it looks as though there was some light surface oxidation which was removed with steel wool. The right barrel is engraved “Made by Hoffman Arms Co No. 482” with the left tube engraved “Ardmore Okla 12 ga.”, there is light engraving at the breeches and on the rib extension; there is no wall thickness noted below .035″, closer to .040″ over most surfaces. The barrels exhibit British nitro proofs for 1 1/8 ounce loads and are equipped with dual beads. The frame shows very nice vivid color case-hardening, toning only on the edges of the fences and the rounded portions of the belly. The gun features nice loose flowing scroll with foliate decoration on the belly of the frame. The right and left flats show pheasant and hunting dog motifs, the fences with foliate decoration, nicely matted along the top of the frame. Additionally the top lever shows some nice scroll and geometric decoration with a very nice scroll on the bow of the guard. The straight grip English walnut stock rates very good plus to excellent with minor dings and handling marks from the years. The checkering is nice with mullered borders and there are dropper points at the rear of the stock cheeks. The splinter style forend is in a similar state of condition with its hardware still exhibiting very nice color case-hardening. The length of pull to the Hawkins recoil pad is 13 1/2″ with drops of 1 1/2″ and 2″; the lower left and right leading edges of the stock show repaired chips, the left side appears to have the original chip re-affixed, the right side has had a piece very nicely spliced in. Lockup is tight with the top lever still slightly right of center and the gun seems to operate properly, the ejectors fitted very tightly to one another, occasionally one dragging the other up with it slightly upon ejection, it does not kick the shell out of the unfired barrel however; if the two are fired simultaneously they kick the shells robustly. Really a very lovely example overall in a very fine state of condition, Hoffman shotguns very rarely encountered. Estimate $3000-$5000.
Lot 575: 20g Beretta Asel Model Over Under Shotgun: Serial #27653, 20 Ga, 27 1/2″ ventilated rib barrels choked modified over improved with bright excellent bores. The metal surfaces retain 95-97% original blue finish on the barrels, lever, triggerguard and lower tang with some light loss at the carry point; the coin finished scalloped frame rates very good to near excellent displaying moderate engraving around the edges with some faint tarnishing present in a few areas. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock and forend rate good to near very good with several dings and handling marks present as well as some added finish; a Pachmayr White Line rubber recoil pad has been outfitted with the length of pull measuring out to 14 1/2″. A fine Beretta ASEL over under shotgun that would perform well afield. Estimate $1500-$2500.
Lot 699: 20g Webley And Scott Boxlock Model 700 Double Ejector Shotgun: Serial #140187, 20 Ga, 28″ barrels with a matted rib choked improved modified and full. The barrels retain 98% original blued finish. The frame retains 95% of its case-hardened finish with the exception of light slivering along the lower edges. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock has a grooved butt for a length of pull of 14 9/16″ and drops 1 3/4″ and 2 1/4″. The walnut finish on the stock and forend rates excellent with the exception of a small ding on the forend checkering. The gun features double triggers, ejectors, and an automatic safety. This gun is in excellent overall condition. Estimate $2000-$3000.
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.
This nice looking little double was auctioned off in Julia’s Fall, 2013 auction. Here’s its the listing from that sale:
PARKER .410 VH BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED BY DOUG TURNBULL. SN 226161. Cal. .410. 3″ Chambers. 000 Frame. 26″ Bbls. This lovely little gun with all correct markings and specifications as outlined in PARKER GUN IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger, including ball grip, and Parkers dogs head buttplate, has had all of its orig finishes and engraving completely and competently restored. Gun features automatic safety and double triggers, along with splinter forend. Bore diameter at muzzles: left-.396, right -.396. Wall thickness: left -.035, right -.038. Drop at heel: 2-3/4″, drop at comb: 1-3/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. CONDITION: Excellent, essentially as new, as restored, with only a few subsequent light handling marks. Bores are excellent. Action is tight.
Original condition on a vintage shotguns is like good bird cover: I know it when I see it. The same is true with wood and metal finishes that have been restored. Spend enough time around old guns, and you start to develop an eye for what’s original and what isn’t.
So for everyone who thinks they’re good at spotting one or the other, here’s a test. Take a look at these pics and let me know what you think. Tell us why you think it, too. Tomorrow I’ll post the answer and who knows…maybe you’ll be right.
Parker VH 12 ga, 28” barrels on a 1 ½ frame: Clean shiny bores, rib has two ivory beads. LOP is 14.25”to an original butt plate. The butt plate is in great condition and you can clearly see the detail of the wood cock the dog is holding in its mouth. Drop at the comb is 1.75” and drop at the heel is 2.75”. Bores are choked F/F. Has some original case coloring on the sides of the box lock action. The bluing is original and very good, but it is beginning to wear thin in a couple of areas. Wood is solid, no cracks or gouges and this is a very nice clean original Parker on a desirable frame size. SN is 2129XX, and the Parker Association says this gun will letter. Price: $1,800
12 ga Fox AE SxS, Factory straight grip, 30″ bbls: Case colors have faded. Barrels are smooth and shiny inside, single brass bead. The ribs are problem free and the wood is in very good condition too. The gun originally belonged to a man named George Eshias. I have been told that he was an Americana of Armenian heritage and that he was a famous hero in WW1 and that he fought with distinction in the US Army. I have not taken the time to confirm this, but his name has been engraved into the top of the left chamber . (Look at the photos) Hard to believe that his family let this heirloom go but life does get complicated at times. LOP is 14” and drop at the comb is 1.75, drop at the Heel is 3”. Barrels are choked F/F. Price:$2,600
Lefever FE 12 ga with 30” Damascus barrels and twin Ivory beads: Nice Silvers recoil pad and a LOP of 13.5”, Drop at comb of 2” and drop at heel of 3”. The ejectors work nicely and the gun locks up tightly. The bores are very good and this gun is ready for the field and some RST ammo!! It does have an old repair on the fingers by the triggers. The repair has been looked at by two different reputable gunsmiths and both independently agreed that the old repair is good and is nothing to worry about. Barrels are M/IM. Price: $1,700.00
Take a good look at the 16g Parker double you see here. I bet it will be gone soon – and for good reason. As a 16 gauge on a O frame, it’s hard to find and one of the best grouse guns ever made in America. It also has excellent dimensions, with just 2″ D@C.
Here’s more about it from the seller.
16 gauge Parker Bros. VH SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, 28″: A splendid high condition Parker VH 16 ga. on the small O frame. The 28″ full choke barrels were 3#3ounce pre strike. The frame has 80-90& original case color on the exterior and near 100% in protected and interior locations. The blue is 90% or better with some rub marks. The wood has a few very minor handling marks. The screws appear unturned. The gun was made in 1910 and exists in exceptional condition. Original hard rubber butt plate, (1 small spilt near upper screw hole. Bore are mint. Capped pistol grip 14″ LOP, 1 1/14″ DAC 2″ DAH. A spectacular find and very collectable. Price: $3,600
Parker Brothers VH grade SxS Shotgun, 12 gauge: IM/IM choked, 30” Vulcan steel barrels, blue and case hardened finish, double triggers, 14-1/8” length of pull, checkered wood stocks, checkered hard rubber Parker Brothers hunting dog butt plate, #144175. This gun is in overall fair to good condition showing an old cleaning to metal surfaces with scattered areas of erosion and pinprick pitting, near fine bores, action is not working, wood stocks are overall very good with scattered minor mars and scratches from storage and good butt plate and semi-pistol grip hard rubber cap; a great candidate for proper restoration. From an old estate. Est: $1,000-$1,500.
Winchester Model 23 .410 Classic SxS hammerless shotgun: Engraved with gold bird on bottom of receiver, .410 gauge, 2-3/4” and 3” chambers, Full choke (L), Modified choke (R), single gold trigger, auto ejectors, 26” ventilated rib barrels, deluxe finely grained checkered wood stocks, Winchester hard rubber butt pad, length of pull is 14-3/4”, #CL410-799E. This gun is in like new condition showing little use or handling. Est: $3,500-$4,500
Outstanding W.W. Greener Grade G 125 SxS 16 gauge Shotgun: #61892.28” Nitro proofed barrels with fine engraving at the breech, British proofed, Elephant Trade Marks, Full (L) & Improved Cylinder (R) choked, blue and case hardened finish, finely engraved receiver with no less than 8 game panel scenes and a gold crown inlaid in the barrel release lever, left side mounted safety cocking button, single trigger marked “Miller”, beaver tail deluxe checkered fore end with ebony tip and engraved release and connector; deluxe checkered butt stock with beautiful graining, ebony inlays on either side of the butt stock slightly ahead of the checkering at the wrist, hard rubber butt pad and gold plaque on underside with engraved intertwined initials “rZS”; length of pull to end of butt pad is 14-5/8”. In fine overall condition showing a deep blue finish to the barrels, the majority of its vivid case colors on the receiver with high point wear on the recoil shields, fine bores, crisp actions and fine wood stocks showing only a couple of minor mars from handling or storage. One of the nicest Greeners this cataloger has seen in many years. Est: $4,000-$8,000.
L. C. Smith Special Grade hammerless SxS shotgun, 20 gauge, 32” factory barrels with ventilated rib: Barrels full and extra full choked, single trigger, auto ejectors, blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks with beaver tail fore end, White Line hard rubber butt pad, length of pull 14” to end of wood, 15-1/4” to end of pad, #FME 91327. Overall very good to fine condition showing the majority of its original blue finish and considerable original case colors on the receiver; very good bores that may clean to fine, crisp actions, fine engraving and very good wood stocks. Est: $1,500-$3,000.
Belgian-made Browning Diana grade O/U shotgun, 12 gauge: 2-3/4” chambers, 28” ventilated rib barrels, Full over Improved Modified choked, blue finish, engraved receiver, single gold trigger, checkered wood stocks, Browning hard rubber butt plate, length of pull to end of plate is 14-1/2”, #35026 S74 in overall excellent condition showing the majority of its original blue finish, fine engraving and markings, fine bores, crisp actions, fine wood stocks with beautiful graining. Est: $2,500-$5,000.
Parker Bros. DHE SxS hammerless shotgun, 16 gauge, 32” barrels: #216364. Blue and case hardened finish, checkered wood stocks with Jostam hard rubber butt pad, double triggers, length of pull is 14-5/8” to end of pad. This gun is in overall very good to near fine condition showing the majority of its muted blue finish on the barrels and an even grey patina to the receiver, bores are very good and should clean to near fine; crisp actions, sharp engraving and markings, very good wood stocks with beautiful flame graining to butt stock. Est: $1,000-$2,000.
Browning SxS BSS shotgun, 12 gauge, for 2-3/4” and 3” shells: 30” barrels, blue finish, checkered wood stocks, #4393A47 in overall fine condition showing the majority of its original finish, fine bores, crisp actions, sharp markings and fine wood stocks; accompanied by a Browning lined suitcase-style carry case and instructions manual. Est: $375-$750
In New England, a ruffed grouse is called a pa’tridge. I don’t know why. There’s always one gauge I associate with pa’tridge hunting: the 16. I don’t know why this is, either.
Sixteen gauges have been around forever, but they’ve been very popular. The British never loved them, at least not as breechloading centerfires. It think it’s because the standard British game gun is a 12 gauge that’s weighs around 6lbs, 12oz. and is proofed for 1 1/8 ounces of shot.
Most British 16 gauge shotguns weigh just a few ounces less, and they’re proofed for a 1 ounce load. So for a gun buyer in the UK, the sixteen offers little benefit in weight while it pushes a 10%+ smaller payload.
But American 12 gauges are bigger guns, usually in the 7 1/2 pound+ range. For most makers, you had to drop down a gauge to get a double in the 6 1/2 – 6 3/4 pound range. I think that’s why the 16 gauge was more popular in the States.
The sixteen you see here is Parker’s VH grade. The VH was Parker’s original knock-about gun, and even though it was the least expensive hammerless double the company offered until they introduced the Trojan grade in 1913, the VH was never a cheap gun. It cost $50 when it was introduced in 1899. The same year, Winchester Model 97 repeater retailed for $27.
Parker called the VH “A gun for hard usage that cannot be equaled” and most buyers purchased them off the rack in 12 gauges on No. 2 frames with pistol grips. With its straight grip, this one was probably specially ordered.
Here’s more about it from the seller:
Parker VH 16, Remington Era, Straight grip, 28″ Exc. original: Serial Number 240237, made approx. 1937. It is a VH 16 gauge with 28″ barrels choked light modified and modified. 2 3/4″ chambers with excellent bores. Length of pull is 14″ over the original dog’s head plate. The original straight grip stock is in excellent condition with sharp checkering. Both the wood and trigger guard are number matched to the shotgun and are without any doubt original. The wood is probably 2X fancy and is the nicest peice of wood we have seen on a V grade.
There are generous amounts of original case color remaining on the receiver sides and around the lever. Lock up is tight and the shotgun remains in excellent mechanical condition. DAH is 2 5/8″ DAC is 1 1/2″ and the weight is approx. 6 lbs 10 oz.. This is one fine original little English stock 16 gauge Parker with tons of condition. Price: $5,500.00
Hardcore Parker collectors love to own more than just Parker shotguns. They also look for catalogs and postcards from the gunmaker, as well as other items manufactured by the Parker Bros. company. Below are a handful of these items on Ebay now.
Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun:Manufacture date: 1962. Serial #: 25309. Barrel length: 26″. Factory engraving and signed by Browning, master engraver, “M. Magis”. Frame is fully engraved with depictions of pheasants, ducks, game birds, and rabbits. Incredible Turkish Walnut stock and fore end with nice checkering . Estimate: $10,000.00 – $15,000.00
Remington M32 12 GA Shotgun: Serial #: 677. Barrel length: 30″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: M-Im. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 1/4″. Drop at toe: 1 – 1/2″. Remington trap grade with recoil pad Bluing thinning on receiver barrels retain good bluing. Wood has a few handling. Estimate: $300.00 – $500.00
Savage-Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 369643. Barrel length: 28″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: F-M. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 3/4″. Vivid case coloring and barrel bluing is excellent. Mechanically fine with very few scratches on stock. Blued trigger shows a few scratches. Estimate: $400.00-500.00
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 141071. Barrel length: 32″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 1 – 3/4″. Concave rib Parker barrels center white gear. Small spot of rust on rig and lever retains a right position. Vivid case coloring still remains on receiver with good. Estimate: $1,000.00 – $1,500.00
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.
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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FABULOUS 0 FRAME 16GA PARKER WITH VULCAN BARRELS: ALL ORIGINAL 0 FRAME VH 16GA WITH VULCAN STEEL BARRELS — 28″ FULL/FULL — PERFECT ORIGINAL SCREWS — 35% ORIGINAL COLOR THAT IS VIBRANT IN AREAS — 90%++++ ORIGINAL BLUE — SOO HARD TO FIND STEEL BARREL 0 FRAME 16’S — GUN HAS EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VARNISH AND CHECKERING. 14 1/2 1 1/2 X 2 1/2 TO ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD. Price: $3,750.00
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.
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.