Parker Brothers Trojan Grade Hammerless 16 GA SXS Double Shotgun, 1923 C&R
Sold For: $1,225.00
Make: Parker Brothers
Model: Trojan Grade Hammerless
Serial Number: 201554
Year of Manufacture: 1923 (“Parker Gun Identification & Serialization”, Price & Fjestad)
Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 9/16”
Action Type: Side by Side, Double Trigger Shotgun with Extractor
Markings: The top of the barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. TROJAN STEEL”, the left barrel flat is marked “J.G.” in oval, the right is marked “OV”, “HT / A” and “3 5” with “5” as a super-script. The bottom of the barrel lug is marked “16” and “1”, the left is marked “201554”. The top of the forend iron is marked “201554”. The water table is marked “PARKER BROS. / REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.” with patent dates, “OV” in hexagon and “201554”. Each side of the receiver is marked “PARKER BROS”. The bottom tang is marked “201554”.
Barrel Length: 28″. The rib serrations extend to just short of the front edge of the rib, the barrels meet at the muzzle.
Choke: Left: Full, Right: Full, both fixed.
Sights / Optics: There is a silver-colored bead at the front of the rib. The top of the rib has a wavy serration pattern for glare reduction.
Weight: 6 lb., 10.4 oz.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, flat-bottom semi-pistol grip, straight comb and serrated black hard rubber buttplate. The stocks have some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a loss on the right edge of the forend at the front. There are no cracks. The checkering is well defined. The LOP measures 14″ and 13″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered minor wear with a few more notable nicks and scratches around the toe. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/4″, drop at heel 2 5/8″. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The barrels have generally strong finish with a few minor nicks, scuffs, and some light wear at the breech-end on the sides. The receiver has handling wear and oxidation toward the bottom-front and some wear on the fences, but otherwise retains generally good color. The guard and lever have mostly worn to white. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrels lock up to the receiver with no play. The shotgun features dual triggers and an extractor; the tang mounted safety 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: None.
Our Assessment: This Very Good condition Parker Brothers Trojan Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1923, during the Roaring ’20s. Though the Trojan Grade was Parker Bros. entry level shotgun, intended to compete with lower-price and quality competitors, the guns were still prized for their Parker quality. This example has honest wear and has made it through the last century retaining bright bores and strong mechanics. It should still make a good bird gun though it may also deserve to join a Parker collection in retirement, or hiatus. Please see our photos and good luck!