Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1424: Engraved Parker Brothers 16 Ga. GHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Documented Factory Engraved Parker Brothers 16 Gauge GHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Documented Factory Engraved Parker Brothers 16 Gauge GHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Parker Bros
Model: Ghe
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: 345
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Engraved with case hardening colors and checkered stock Manufactured in 1921 on a "0" frame. According to the table on page 279 of "The Parker Story" by Gunther, Mullins, Parker, Price, and Cote, this is one of only 353 built with this combination of grade, gauge, barrel length, and barrel steel. Blued Parker Special Steel barrels with single steel bead sight on the matted, concave solid rib with doll's head extension marked "PARKER BROS MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. PARKER SPEC. STEEL", standard markings on the flats including the "P.S." for Parker Special Steel, and 2 1/2 inch chambers with ejectors. The casehardened action features standard GH engraving of oval game bird scenes on the left, right, and underside surrounded by light scrollwork and line borders. Double triggers, standard markings on the water table, and tang mounted automatic safety. Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forearm with Deeley latch and engraved fittings and a pistol grip stock with blank silver inscription shield, Parker Brothers grip cap and dog's head buttplate. The above configuration is confirmed on page 488 of "Parker Gun Identification and Serialization" by Price and Fjestad. Barrel and stock measurement (R/L): bores 9 inches from the breech .669/.669 inches; choke constriction .022/.033 inches; minimum wall .029/.031 thickness inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 7/16 inch drop at heel; 14 3/8 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 12 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 98% original blue on the barrels, 40% original case colors, and strong remnants of blue on the trigger guard. The gun shows mild general handling/use evidence. The wood is also very fine with scattered small dents and scratches and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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