SOLD FOR: $1,726.00
Make: Parker Brothers
Model: GH Grade, Hammerless, With Special Steel Barrels & Extractor
Serial Number: 220915
Year of Manufacture: 1927
Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 1/2” Chamber
Action Type: Side by Side, Double Non-Selective Trigger Shotgun with Extractor
Markings: The barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS. MAKERS. MERIDEN. CT. U.S.A. SPEC. STEEL”, with two arrows pointing toward the lettering. The underside of the barrel set flat is marked “HT / A”, “PS” in circle, and “3 15” under the right barrel and “OVERLOAD / PARKER BROS. / PROVED” under each barrel. The underside of the lug is marked “12 / 11/2” and the left with “220915”. The top of the forend iron is marked “220915”. The sides of the frame are marked “PARKER BROS” over fowl scenes. The water table is marked “PAT’D OCT. 25, 1910″ on the right lug. The left lug is marked “GH / 220915 / 2”. The lower tang is marked “220915”. There is a fowl scene on the bottom of the receiver and there is decorative scroll and border engraving throughout the receiver and the trigger guard. The grip cap is marked “PARKER BROS. / MERIDEN CONN.”. The buttplate has a dog with a bird in its mouth.
Barrel Length: 30”, with solid, concave rib with wavy lines, which tapers from 0.536″ at the breech to 0.374″ at the muzzles. The wavy line engraving stops just short of the muzzle at a line across the rib. The barrels just meet at the muzzle.
Choke: Both barrels are choked Full and both are fixed.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a steel front bead set into the front of the concave solid rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are a two piece checkered walnut set with splinter forend, capped pistol grip and checkered black hard rubber buttplate. The forend has a few scattered light compressions and scuffs with well defined checkering that is slightly smoothed. The buttstock has several scattered light compressions, scuffs, scrapes and drag lines. There are no chips or cracks. The belly has an inset silver-colored plaque which is unmarked. The buttplate has good definition on the dog’s head and lettering with generally well defined checkering which shows wear at the heel and scattered light wear around the edges, in about Very Good-Fine condition. Drop at comb is 1 1/2”, drop at heel is 2 5/8″, the cast is about neutral. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ from the front of the front trigger and 13 1/4″ from the front of the rear trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued barrels, case-color receiver and forend iron.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. There is very light erosion immediately in front of the chambers. There is a very shallow dent on the left barrel approximately 8″ from the muzzle which is visible in the bore and another on the right approximately 9″ from the muzzle which is also visible in the bore.
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 80% of its current metal finish. The barrels have scattered light marks and a few patches of light freckling with finish wear around the dent on the right barrel, a nick on the bottom of the left barrel approximately 17″ from the muzzle and some light scabbing at the muzzles. The wave pattern on the top rib stops a fraction of an inch from the muzzle and the barrels meet at the muzzle indicating that the barrels have not been cut. The receiver has strong case-color on the top tang under the lever, the water table and the trigger plate with some of the coloring still showing on the sides of the receiver at the rear and at the edges of the fences with the remainder mostly worn to white with some scattered light marks and frosting. The trigger guard and bottom tang have wear mixed with finish and light frosting. The forend tip, latch and the exposed portion of the iron are mostly worn to white with a few spots of light surface oxidation, the interior of the iron retains strong case-color with what appears to be some light oxidation which has been scrubbed out at the serial marking. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear with good detail on the engraving. Overall, this shotgun is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The shotgun features dual non-selective triggers and an extractor; the tang mounted safety returns to ‘safe’ when the lever is pushed. The shotgun has 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 Parker Brothers GH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1927, near the height of the “roaring ’20s” and only a couple of years before the onset of the Great Depression. 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 has it’s original finish and lots of it with only a couple of dents in the barrels being out of the ordinary with the remainder of the wear being perfectly consistent with a responsibly used field gun that’s coming up on its centennial. The markings are still clear as day and the initial plate in the stock is just waiting for you to have it engraved. This shotgun is a beauty and would make a great addition to any collection, especially an avid bird hunter or Parker collector. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R shotgun can be transferred in California.