Parker Bros GH Grade 2 Hammerless 12 GA SxS Shotgun, MFD 1924 C&R

SOLD FOR: $3,530

LSB#: 231107JL004

Make: Parker Bros.

Model: GH Grade 2 Hammerless

Serial Number: 208682

Year of Manufacture: 1924

Caliber: 12 Gauge, 2 1/2” Shells

Action Type: Side by Side, Dual Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejector

Markings: The top of the barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A.. PARKER SPEC. STEEL”. The left barrel flat is marked “J.G.” in oval. The right barrel flat is marked “PS” in a circle, “HT/A” and “3 4” with the “4” as super-script. The barrel lug is marked “12” and “1” on the bottom, “208682” on the left. The top of the forend iron is marked “208682”, the latch assembly is marked “PAT’D MAY. 7.1901.”. The water table is marked “PAT’D AUG. 15. 1905 / PAT’D JAN 18. AUG.16.1887 / PAT’D OCT.25.1910” and “GH / 208682 / 2”. Each side of the receiver has “PARKER BROS” over an engraved fowl scene. The trigger plate also has an engraved fowl scene. The receiver and guard have some scroll and border engraving. The bottom tang is marked “208682”.

Barrel Length: 26”

Choke: The left barrel measures Modified, Fixed. The right barrel measures Improved Cylinder, Fixed.

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a rear-facing white bead fixed to the rib above the muzzles. The top of the rib has a wavy serration pattern to help reduce glare.

Weight: 6 lbs, 15.7 oz.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered refinished walnut featuring a beavertail forend, a capped semi-pistol grip, a straight comb and a hard rubber Parker Bros buttplate with recessed Dog scene. There is a blank initial plate on the belly. The wood shows light nicks, scratches handling and storage marks. There is a repaired crack at the bottom rear of the forend. The checkering has a few blemishes but overall remains sharp. The LOP measures 14.13” and 13.13” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The drop at the comb is 1.75”. The drop at the heel is 2.5”. The cast is neutral. The stocks are in Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue and Case Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There is some light erosion in the bores. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates an 8 or 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 92% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some wear on the underside of the receiver and scattered scuffs and handling marks throughout. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel lockup is tight with no play to the receiver. We did not fire this firearm. We have cleaned this firearm and performed a mechanic’s check but expect many will want to clean the firearm again depending on their standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers GH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1924. The GH Grade filled a gap between the lower grade or “knockabout” guns and the higher grade or “fine” guns, offering a finer quality fit and finish, engraving and style in a gun which could still be taken to the field without feeling like you’re ruining a presentation piece. This example is a 12 gauge made on the size 2 frame, resulting in a fantastically solid gun, just under 7 pounds. Its 26″ barrels are choked Modified and Improved Cylinder, making for a versatile, fast-handling gun that won’t wear you out even if you’re in the field all day. It ought to make for a great upland bird gun for the lucky winner. It will also make a nice addition to a Parker collection. Please see our photos and good luck in your bidding!

-J. Ren

Parker Bros GH Grade 2 Hammerless 12 GA SxS Shotgun, MFD 1924 C&R
Parker Bros GH Grade 2 Hammerless 12 GA SxS Shotgun, MFD 1924 C&R