Sold For: $2,460.00
Make: Parker Bros.
Model: Grade 2, Engraved Hammerless, With Special Steel Barrel Set
Serial Number: 156267
Year of Manufacture: 1910 (http://www.parker-shotguns.com/parker-shotguns-serial-numbers-and-year-of-production/)
Gauge: 16 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Dual Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. PARKER SPECIAL STEEL”, with two arrows pointing towards the lettering. The underside of the barrel set flat is marked “J.G.” in oval and “P.S. / & / 38 / 32”, the underside of the lug is marked “V / 1”, the left is marked with the serial number, the rear is marked “267”. The top of the forend bracket has the serial number and is also marked “PAT’D MAY 7, 1901”, the forend lever is marked “PAT’D MAR .26 1878”. The flanks of the frame are marked “PARKER BROS” in scroll, with open scroll engraving and game scenes. The water table is marked with the serial number, grade number “2” and “PAT’D JAN. 18, AUG. 16. 1887 / PAT’D OCT. 25, 1910 / PAT’D AUC. 15, 1905″ with “GH” in extended hexagon. The lower tang is serialized to the receiver, the butt plate has an embossed dog with a bird in its mouth along with “PARKER / BROTHERS”.
Barrel Length: 30”, with solid, concave rib, which tapers from 0.545″ at the breech to 0.39″ at the muzzles.
Choke: The right barrel is fix choked about Improved Cylinder (0.657”), the left is fix choked just under Full (0.631”).
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a small German silver front bead, screwed into the concave solid rib; there is a small white bead installed about mid-rib. The top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece walnut set. The splinter forend has underside checkering and a metal nose tip; the wood has sharp fit to the metal items. The stock shows a few deep dark gouges and shallow scrapes. The checkering is heavily worn, a few areas of varnish are seen on the upper areas, the upper lip of the stock before meeting the metal’s definition has been worn. The butt stock has nice fit to the metal but for the tip of the lower tang which has a drop before the metal. The pistol grip is rounded with flank checkering; there is not a small shield embedded into the belly, which is usually indicative of the grade 2; given the difference in checker condition and wear variation between the forend and butt stock, the butt stock may be a replacement. The comb and left flank have some deeper gouges, the other areas show light scuffs. There is a slight gap in fit to the black hard rubber butt plate at the upper tang inlet. Drop at comb is 1 3/4”, drop at heel is 3”. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the rear trigger and 14 1/4″ from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the black hard rubber butt plate; the plate retains most of its details, there is a chip loss on the toe, please see our pictures; the plate is in Good condition. The stocks rate in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bores are light gray, a few deep gouges on the outside of the barrel set translated on the inside as bumps, there is pitting in both bores.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 70% of its metal finish. The barrel set has heavy rubbing, scrapes and dings, most near the muzzles, looking to be from heavy handling when placed into a gun rack. The surfaces retain strong bluing on the rib and protected areas, the other surfaces have fading and small spots of brown patina; a few dark patches of mild erosion are seen sparsely encountered on the barrels, the rib has a few deep marks. The case colored items have strong tone on protected areas, especially on the forend bracket, upper tang under the top lever, under the trigger frame and watertable of the receiver. The screw head slots are lightly tooled but are all serviceable. The markings are crisp. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Good Plus to Very Good condition and would have ranked higher but for the bores.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun features dual non-selective triggers and ejectors; the tang mounted safety returns to ‘safe’ when the action is opened. The shotgun weighs 6lbs 15oz with 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 is a beautiful Parker Bros. Grade 2 Special Steel, Hammerless, made in 1910, retaining about 70% of its blue and case colored finishes, impressive for such a useful shotgun! The butt stock has a rounded pistol grip and help point the piece effortlessly. The metal engraving is highly formed and overall, it is a very beautiful piece. At 107 years old, can’t say I’d look any better. Please see our pictures and good luck.