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Lot 448: Parker Brothers .410 Bore VHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare Documented Parker Brothers .410 Bore VHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Rare Documented Parker Brothers .410 Bore VHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Parker Bros
Model: VHE
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 410
Barrel: 26 inch solid rib
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 270
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured post 1934 in the Remington period on the desirable "000" small frame. Blued barrels with single steel bead sight on the matte concave rib which is marked "PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. VULCAN STEEL" with 3 inch chambers with automatic ejectors, and standard markings on the flats. The casehardened boxlock action features a single selective trigger and tang mounted manual safety switch. Light zig-zag border engraving around the receiver on all sides. Highly figured, multi-point checkered beavertail forend with Deeley latch release and round knob pistol grip stock with blank inscription shield and steel buttplate over the checkered bare butt. The above configuration is confirmed on page 590 of "Parker Gun Identification and Serialization" by Price and Fjestad. According to page 258 of "The Parker Story" by Gunther, Mullins, Parker, Price, and Cote, this as one of only 463 produced in this combination of gauge, barrel length, and barrel steel with only 163 of total VH Grade production having a beavertail forend and 3% having a single trigger making this an exceedingly rare find. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): choke constriction .010/.013 inches; 1 3/8 inch drop at comb; 2 1/2 inch drop at heel; 14 1/4 inch length of pull; cast-off; weight 6 lbs 1 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 90% original blue on the barrels, 10% original case colors in the protected areas, grey patina on the triggerguard, scattered light spotting, and mild handling evidence. The replacement wood is also very fine with a few scattered light marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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