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   LOT 448
Rare Documented Parker Brothers
  Collector’s Fact
According to The Parker Story, only 463 Parker VH Grade shotguns were produced with this configuration of gauge, barrel length and barrel steel. Additionally, only 163 of the total produced of Parker VH grade shotguns were produced with a beavertail forend, further adding to the rarity.
  Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 14,000 - 22,500
LOT 449
Scarce Factory Engraved L. C. Smith Ideal Grade .410 Bore Double Barrel Shotgun
  .410 Bore VHE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun - Serial no. 236576, 410 gauge, 26 inch solid rib bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. 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. CONDITION: 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.
- Serial no. FWE168821, 410 gauge, 28 inch solid rib bbl., blue/ casehardened finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1938. According to page 177 of “L. C. Smith Shotguns” by William Brophy, only 220 Ideal grade guns were built as .410 bores. Blued, London steel barrels with dual white bead sights on the matted, solid rib, marked “L. C. SMITH Ideal GRADE” and “HUNTER ARMS CO. INC. M’F’R’S FULTON. N.Y., U.S.A.” on the right and left respectively, standard markings on the flats, and chambers measured at 3 inches with ejectors. The casehardened action and sideplates bear the standard flowing floral engraving and zig-zag borders with “L. C. SMITH” on either sideplate, and standard water table markings. Single non- selective trigger and a tang mounted manual safety switch. Lightly figured, multi- point checkered walnut splinter forend with engraved fittings, ebony tip inlay, and rotary latch release. The pistol grip stock is nicely figured with matching checkering and hard rubber grip cap and buttplate. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): choke constriction .006/.017 inches; 1 5/8 inch drop at comb; 2 3/4 inch drop at heel; 14 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 3 oz. CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 95% plus original blue, 75% case colors with the balance an attractive silver patina, and light handling evidence. The wood is also excellent with a few minor marks and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 9,000 - 14,000
          Collector’s Fact
According to L.C. Smith Shotguns by Brophy, only 220 L.C. Smith Ideal Shotgun were produced in .410 bore.

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