SOLD FOR: $3228
Make: Parker Bros. (after Remington buy-out)
Model: Vulcan Grade VHE
Serial Number: 238330
Year of Manufacture: 1936
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Single Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS, MAKERS, MERIDEN, CT. U.S.A. VULCAN. STEEL”, with two arrows pointing towards the lettering. Each barrel flat has a Parker Overload Prooved proof mark, the left has “0” in square and “A E”, the right flat is marked “3 7” with “7” as super-script and “V” in circle. The underside of the barrel lug is marked “12” and “1 1/2”, the left is marked “238330”. The top of the forend bracket is marked “238330”. The bottom of the frame is marked “PARKER” and the receiver has border engraving. The water table is marked with “VH / 238330V”, and “PARKER BROS. / PAT’D. OCT. 25, 1910.”. The lower tang is marked “238330”.
Barrel Length: 26″
Choke: Left: Fixed Modified, Right: Fixed Modified
Sights / Optics: There is a white bead at the front of the rib and a smaller white mid-bead. The top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction which stops at a scribed line just behind the muzzle.
Weight: 7 lb., 4.7 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with trap modified forend (beavertail), straight grip, straight comb, metal initial plate in the belly and checkered bare butt. The stocks have a few scattered minor marks. Please note, there is a second crack on the trigger plate at the front edge. The forend has a repaired crack from the front edge of the forend iron to the rear point of the latch assembly. The checkering is well defined. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/8”, drop at heel is approximately 2”. The LOP measures approximately 13 7/8? from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt. The butt has minor wear with well defined checkering. The stocks rate in Fine overall condition as refinished and repaired.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion, but there is some stubborn fouling at the muzzles.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 85% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrels have a few minor scuffs, light handling marks and a couple of spots of minor surface oxidation. The receiver has handling wear toward the bottom-front with wear on the fences and otherwise has fairly strong case color. There are spots of light oxidation in the worn areas of the receiver. The guard has thinning at edges with some scattered minor surface oxidation. The trigger plate has a small crack at the right of its neck. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The shotgun features a single selective trigger; the tang mounted safety returns to ‘safe’ when the action is opened. The barrel to frame fit is solid. 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: This shotgun comes with a Parker Gun Collectors Association letter which shows that this shotgun was produced March 21, 1936 and sent to (T.S) J.G. Heath as a VHE Hammerless 12 gauge with 26″ barrels and a single trigger. It was special ordered with a trap modified forend.
Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1936, after the company was bought out by Remington. 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. This example has some interesting features including a factory single selective trigger. The guard would indicate that the gun was originally shipped with a straight grip, and while the wood is of higher quality than usual for Parker Vulcan guns, collectors speculate that Remington used remaining Parker walnut blanks to help cut costs after buying the company. It seems that there were several Remington/Parker guns that had higher grade wood than normal for their model. The configuration is typical of skeet guns, but the bores are choked Modified. This interesting gun will make a great addition to any collection, whether your interest is Parker shotguns, or you can simply appreciate a classic American shotgun. Please see our photos and good luck!