Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1368: Parker Brothers AAHE Grade 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Rare Documented, Factory Engraved, and Inscribed Parker Brothers AAHE Grade 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun with Case

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $75,000 - $110,000

Rare Documented, Factory Engraved, and Inscribed Parker Brothers AAHE Grade 20 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun with Case

Manufacturer: Parker Bros
Model: AAHE
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 26 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1930
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 277
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured late in the Remington gun period on a "0" frame. According to the table on page 353 of "The Parker Story" by Gunther, Mullins, Parker, Price, and Cote only 2 AA grades were built with 26 inch barrels in 20 gauge. Blued steel dovetail lump barrels with single steel bead front sight on the unmarked wide matted, concave solid rib, standard markings on the flats, chambers marked 2 3/4 inches with ejectors, and chokes marked "IMP CYL"/"MOD". Both barrels have a 2 1/2 inch wedge of floral scroll engraving at the breech and a single band at each muzzle. Casehardened boxlock action featuring sculpted fences, flowing floral scroll engraving surrounding "PARKER" on both sides, and four separate game scenes. The left shows a trio of quail in the tall grass, the trigger plate has a pair of woodcock in a field, the forward section of the underside shows another woodcock in flight over a pine forest, and the right has a grouse in a field with her three chicks. Single selective trigger with the last four digits of the serial number stamped on the side and tang mounted non-automatic safety switch. Beautifully figured, fancy multi-point checkered walnut splinter forearm with Deeley latch release and engraved fittings and pistol grip stock with checkered fleur-de-lis carved flats, "W/C/W" in the grip cap initial oval, and engraved skeleton buttplate over the checkered bare butt. This shotgun is pictured on page 352 of the aforementioned book "The Parker Story" and is touted as the highest serial number example of an AA grade gun that could be found. The initial WCW are purportedly the initials of Walter Winchell, the noted New York gossip columnist. Winchell was a staunch supporter of President Franklin Roosevelt and one of the first American writers to advocate for intervention in Europe against Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Includes a leather bound takedown case with "W.C.W. on the lid and Parker trade label. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameters 9 inches from the breech measure .625/.625 inches; choke constriction .006/.012 inches; minimum wall thickness .030/.029 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/8 inch drop at heel; 14 1/2 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 8 oz.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine, retaining 98% plus original blue on the barrels, 75% blue on the trigger guard, and 80% case colors with some fading on the higher edges. The metal surfaces show minor handling evidence and a few scattered small spots of minor discoloration. The wood is very fine with a few dings and scratches, crisp carving, and sharp checkering. The case exterior is very good with moderate wear and some damage to the otherwise very good interior. Mechanically excellent. An opportunity at undoubtedly one of the best high grade small bore Parkers out there!

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