SOLD FOR: $5,725.00
Make: Olin-Kodensha, in Japan, for Winchester, Contracted by Regent Chemical & Research
Model: Parker DHE Grade, Parker Reproductions Show Gun with Letter
Serial Number: 20-01631
Year of Manufacture: 1984-1989
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells, 2 3/4″ & 3″ for the 28″ barrels
Action Type: Side by Side, Box Lock, Top Break, Single-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The top of the forend bracket is marked with the serial number. The water table is marked “DHE / 20-01631”, the sides of the frame have a pointer and setter, with to-spec Parker D-grade scroll engraving; the underside of the frame has D-engraving and “PARKER” with birds in flight; the underside, by the trigger selector, is marked “L” and “R”. The upper tang is marked “SAFE”, the lower tang has the serial number. The skeleton butt plate is scroll engraved, the belly of the butt stock has a metal oval insert that has not been engraved. The inside of the lid has an oval gold on black colored label that reads “Parker Reproduction / by / WINCHESTER” with a bird.
26″ Barrels: The left barrel is marked “Parker Reproductions by WINCHESTER – 20 GAUGE, 2 ¾” / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN” The left barrel flat is marked “MOD”, “20-01631”, with an ovalled “WP” proof, the right is marked “IMP. CYL” and each is marked “OVERLOAD / PARKER REPRODUCTION / PROVED”. The bottom of the barrel lugs are marked “I / 2 / 0”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “D GRADE 20 GA. / FOR 2 ¾” SHELLS”.
28″ Barrels: The left barrel is marked “Parker Reproductions by WINCHESTER – 20 GAUGE, 2 ¾” & 3″ / EAST ALTON, IL. U.S.A.”, the right barrel is marked “MADE IN JAPAN” The left barrel flat is marked “FULL”, “20-01631”, with an ovalled “WP” proof, the right is marked “MOD” and each is marked “OVERLOAD / PARKER REPRODUCTION / PROVED”. The bottom of the barrel lugs are marked “I / 1 / 0”. The left side of the barrel lug is marked “D GRADE 20 GA. / FOR 3” SHELLS”.
Barrel Length: 26″ & 28”, with solid, concave, tapered ribs.
26″: The left barrel is Modified, the right Improved Cylinder, both fixed.
28″: The left barrel is Full, the right Modified, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: Each barrel set has a brass bead, which is screwed into the solid rib; the top of each rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction, stopping just short of the front edge of the rib.
26″: 6 lb., 11.3 oz
28″: 6 lb., 13.0 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece fancy walnut set. The splinter forend has case-colored D-grade engraved metal fixtures and checkering, to the original Parker specifications. The butt stock has a capped pistol grip and a metal oval insert on the belly which has not been engraved. The buttstock has a light compression on the comb, otherwise the stocks show only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The drop at comb is 1 3/8”, drop at heel is 2” with both barrel sets. The LOP measures 14 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the skeletonized metal butt plate; the plate has Grade D engraving with little to no wear, in about Excellent condition; the back of the stock is finely checkered. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Rust-Blued & Case Colored, with Grade D Engraving.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. The metal surfaces have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun features a crisp single selective trigger, independent ejectors, an exceptionally tight action lockup and presents spectacular balance. The shotgun’s action returns to “SAFE” when the action is opened. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a tan leather bound hard trunk case with canvas and leather cover. The exterior of the case has been well protected by the cover, showing only faint storage marks on the exterior. The inside is lined with green felt, with component separators and two holes to hold included 20 Gauge Parker Reproduction snap caps. The interior has some light wear from its contents, overall the case is in Fine-Excellent condition. The case’s cover shows very light wear, in about Fine-Excellent condition. Keys for the case are included on a leather fob as is a manual. Also included is a Parker Reproductions letter signed by J.T. Skeuse and dated January 29, 1993, detailing that this gun was a show gun, saying in part:
“As you know, these show guns are selected as the very best example of the Parker Reproduction from the thousands of guns in our inventory. The twenty gauge you picked was by far the finest Parker Reproduction at the Houston Show this year.”
Our Assessment: In 1984, Winchester was contracted by Reagent Chemical & Research, Inc. to manufacture a new Parker shotgun. The new SxS was a DHE model, available in 20 and 28 ga. initially. These models were fabricated in Japan to original Parker specifications, and the reproduction was so authentic that most parts are interchangeable with the late Parkers made by Remington in Ilion, NY. In 1993, a 16/20 ga. combo was introduced in some models. On Sept. 17, 1999, a flood destroyed all remaining inventory, including parts and most of the factory records. This shotgun has two barrel sets, one 26″ and one 28″. It shows only a few minor cosmetic marks on the wood stocks and faint handling marks on the metal surfaces; it rates in Excellent condition and comes with a leather bound trunk case with canvas cover. The to-specification D grade engraving looks exceptional with the case coloring retaining marvelous tone variation. The shotgun has a single selective trigger, return-to-safe feature upon opening the action and has independent ejectors. The fit and finish of this shotgun is truly something to behold, as evidenced by the included letter from Parker Reproductions which indicates that this set was selected as a show gun, one of the finest examples ever made. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This shotgun can be transferred/sold in California.