Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1420: Parker Brothers 16 Ga DH Grade Underlifter Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Rare, Documented, Antique Parker Brothers 16 Gauge DH Grade Underlifter Action Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Rare, Documented, Antique Parker Brothers 16 Gauge DH Grade Underlifter Action Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Parker Bros
Model: DH
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 16
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 344
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1880. This gun was one of only four ever built in this configuration by Parker according to page 290 of "The Parker Story" by Gunther, Mullins, Parker, Price, and Cote. Single steel bead sight on the smooth solid rib marked "PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN CONN. DAMASCUS STEEL." and chambers measured at 2 3/4 inches with single extractor. The casehardened underlifter action displays fine light scrollwork and geometric patterns along with pointers on either lockplate and a woodcock on the underside. The gun also features sculpted fences, double triggers, and rebounding hammers. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with Deeley latch release and engraved fittings as well as a round knob pistol grip stock with checkered hard rubber buttplate. The above rare configuration is confirmed on page 113 of "Parker Gun Identification and Serialization" by Price and Fjestad. Barrel and stock measurements: bore diameters 9 inches from the breech .676/.670 inches; choke constriction .023/.023 inches; minimum wall thickness .035/.030 inches; 2 inch drop at comb; 3 1/4 inch drop at heel; 14 1/16 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs.

Rating Definition:

Fine, showing a silver patina on the action and an attractive cleaned brown patina to the barrels with light wear overall. The reoiled wood is also fine with scattered scratches, a chip in the toe of the buttplate, and crisp recut checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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