SOLD FOR: $2,876.00
Make: Parker Brothers
Model: PHE Grade, Hammerless, With Parker Steel Barrels & Individual Ejectors
Serial Number: 221012
Year of Manufacture: 1927
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells
Action Type: Side by Side, Double Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Individual Ejectors
Markings: The barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. PARKER STEEL”, with two arrows pointing toward the lettering. The right barrel flat is marked “HT / A”, “P” in circle, and “31”, each barrel flat is marked “OVERLOAD / PARKER BROS. . PROVED”. The bottom of the rear barrel lug is marked “20 / 0” and the left side is marked with the serial number. The top of the forend iron has the serial number and “PAT’D. MAY.7.1901”. 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 “PH / 221012 / P”. The lower tang is serialized to the receiver. The receiver has PH grade border and spartan scroll engraving. The black hard rubber grip cap is marked “PARKER BROS. / MERIDEN, CONN.”.
Barrel Length: 28”, with solid, concave rib with wavy lines, which tapers from 0.518″ at the breech to 0.264″ at the muzzles. The wavy line engraving stops just short of the muzzle with a scribed line at the end of the engraving. The barrels just meet at the muzzle.
Choke: The barrels are Improved cylinder(L) and Modified (R) choke.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a brass front bead, set into the front of the concave solid rib and a smaller white mid-bead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered select walnut set with fleur de lis accents, beavertail forend, pistol grip stock and basketweave textured solid black rubber Pachmayr buttpad. The buttstock has some very light marks around the tangs. There is no other notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks in the stocks. The figuring on the wood is very attractive. The buttpad has no notable wear or damage, in about Excellent condition. Drop at comb is 1 9/16”, drop at heel is 1 1/2″, the cast is about neutral. The LOP measures 14 3/8″ from the front of the front trigger and 13 1/2″ from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the buttpad, 13 1/2″ and 12 5/8″ to the rear of the wood. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition though it is exceedingly likely that they are not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued barrels, case-colored receiver and forend iron.
Finish Originality: Professionally Refinished
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is no erosion in the right bore, the left bore has some light erosion on the left side just in front of the chamber.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 95% of its current metal finish. The barrel has a few patches of very light frosting and freckling and a few light marks. The receiver has a couple of spots of very light freckling and brush marks from the refinish are visible under the finish. The bottom tang has wear in its finish. The edges of the rib show thinning. The wave pattern on the top rib stops a fraction of an inch from the muzzle at a scribed line and the barrels meet at the muzzle indicating that the barrels have not been cut. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are surprisingly deep and clear for a refinish, suggesting it was performed by a skilled professional. Overall, this shotgun is in about Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, though the forend iron’s release lever is difficult to fully close due to the tight fit. The shotgun features dual non-selective triggers and individual ejectors; the tang mounted safety does not return to ‘safe’ when the action is opened. The shotgun has no play in the frame to barrel fit. The hammers fall with authority and the triggers are crisp. The ejectors function properly. 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: Included is a brown leather hard sided Pedersen Custom case with brass corner bolsters, latches and carry handle mount along with keys and an unmarked name plate. The exterior of the case has only a few very light marks with light wear and spots of tarnish on the brass fixtures. The interior of the case exhibits little to no wear. Overall, the case is in about Fine-plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers PHE Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1927, just as the sport of Skeet was coming on the scene and just before the PH grade would be discontinued by Parker. The PH Grade was just a step up from the VH, the most popular grade. Its bores are nice with only a little spot of light erosion in the left bore just in front of the chamber and a lockup tighter than some new-production guns. This example has been professionally restored, and we stress professionally. The markings are still clear as day, there’s next to nothing to give away that its been refinished except that the wood is of a nicer grade than one would expect on a PH gun and there are some faint brush marks visible under the case-color of the receiver. This shotgun is a beauty and would make a great addition to any collection, especially an avid bird hunter. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R shotgun can be transferred in California.