Antique PARKER Bros. Double Barrel HAMMER Shotgun
With Brown Case Hardened Finish and Walnut Stock
Here we present an antique Parker Brothers Hammer Double Barrel 12 Gauge Shotgun, 1 Grade with an Extractor, made in 1887 in Meriden, Connecticut. Charles Parker was an entrepreneur who began working in U.S. manufacturing in the 1830s. Interestingly, one of his first products was a coffee mill. He also collaborated on several government contracts to make arms during the American Civil War, including one for the Model 1861 and then a truly interesting, rare breech-loading design for the state of Kentucky, called the Triplett & Scott Carbine. Finally, in 1866, after his experience in arms manufacture for the war effort, he and his sons, Wilbur and Dexter, began the company Parker Brothers, making sporting shotguns. This company is considered to have been the best manufacturer of fine American shotguns, ever. The company was in business until 1942.
This shotgun features 12 gauge bores, with 2-5/8 inch chambers. Chokes are modified. Frame is nicely engraved. The action features external hammers and it is equipped with a tang safety. This gun has an extractor. The barrels are excellent Damascus and reflect “Parker Bros Makers. Meriden Conn. Damascus Steel”. The barrel rib is nicely textured to reduce glare. The front sight is a bead. The length of pull is 14 ¼ inches. Grade 1 of which about 3804 were produced.
Overall condition is very good. The Damascus pattern is very nice. Good case colors on the underside of the splinter forearm. The markings are clear and legible. Numbers match. The engraving is sharp. The very nicely grained walnut stock is in great shape. The bores are smooth and shiny with a little light pitting. The action is strong.
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Barrel is 30-1/8 inches in length. Chambers are 2-5/8 inches.
Caliber: 12 gauge
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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