SOLD FOR: $3,825.00
Make: Parker Brothers
Model: VH Grade, Hammerless, With Vulcan Steel Barrels & Extractors
Serial Number: 213519
Year of Manufacture: 1925
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 1/2” Chamber
Action Type: Side by Side, Double Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Extractor
Markings: The barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. VULCAN STEEL”, with two arrows pointing toward the lettering. The underside of the barrel set flat is marked “V” in circle, “HT / A”, ” and “3 1” under the right barrel, “J.G.” in oval under the left barrel. The underside of the lug is marked “20 / 0” and the left with “213519”. The top of the forend iron is marked “213519”. The sides of the frame are marked “PARKER BROS”. The water table is marked “PAT’D OCT 25 1910″ on the right lug. The left lug is marked with “VH / 213519 / V”. The lower tang is marked “213519”. The receiver has border engraving on the receiver and trigger guard. The grip cap is marked “PARKER BROS. / MERIDEN CONN.”. The buttplate is marked “PARKER / BROTHERS” around a dog’s head embossed in a concave portion of the plate.
Barrel Length: 28”, with solid, concave rib with wavy lines. The wavy line engraving stops just short of the muzzle at a line across the rib. The barrels just meet at the muzzle.
Choke: The barrels are Full (L) and Modified (R) choke, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel bead set into the front of the concave solid rib.
Weight: 6 lb., 5.2 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered walnut set with splinter forend with steel tip, capped pistol grip, and checkered black hard rubber buttplate. There is a small mar to the left of the top tang, but otherwise there are only a few scattered minor marks. Drop at comb is 1 1/4”, drop at heel is 2 1/4″, the cast is about neutral. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the front trigger and 13 1/8″ from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the plate. The plate has some scattered light wear, mostly at the toe with well defined checkering and lettering and good definition on the dog’s head, in about Fine condition. The stocks rate in about Fine-Excellent overall condition as restored.
Type of Finish: Blued barrels, case-color receiver and forend iron.
Finish Originality: Professionally restored.
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 96% of its current metal finish. The barrels have some scattered minor marks, there is a spot of light finish wear on the left barrel at the chamber and there is light wear from the forend, concealed while assembled. The receiver and forend iron’s case-coloring is just slightly muted with good definition in the figuring of the case-color. The receiver has very faint surface erosion under the finish, noticeable only on close inspection. The screw heads are sharp. Most markings are clear but the patent date on the water table is incomplete and the bottom tang serial marking has soft edges. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine-plus condition as restored.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun features dual non-selective triggers and an extractor; the tang mounted safety returns to ‘safe’ when the action is opened. The shotgun has no play in the frame to barrel fit. 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: None.
Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1925. The VH or Vulcan Grade was a “knockabout” gun produced by Parker which still had the same quality in manufacture and attention to detail of their higher grade, and higher priced, offerings. The Trojan would be introduced in 1913 to compete with lower priced options from other manufacturers, but the Vulcan would stick around for those who were willing to pay for quality but also wanted to actually take their guns into the field. The gun has been professionally restored, and has correct barrel length and no special features, correct according to Parker’s records. The markings are still mostly clear due to the quality of the restoration and it looks as though it could have been made last year rather than nearly a century ago. This shotgun is a beauty and would make a great addition to any collection, especialy an avid bird hunter or Parker collector. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R shotgun can be transferred in California. All modern and C&R firearms must be DROSd at a California Firearms Dealer. This section does not apply to out of state purchasers.