Antique PARKER BROTHERS Double Barrel Side x Side Grade 2 HAMMER Shotgun
Antique GRADE 2 Double Barrel 10 Gauge Made In 1887
Here we present an antique Parker Brothers Double Barrel Grade 2 Hammer Shotgun, made in 1887 in Meriden, Connecticut. This is a very lightweight 10 gauge built on a no. 2 frame and with barrels weighing 4 lbs. The whole gun weights 8 lbs.
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 by many to have been the best manufacturer of fine American shotguns, ever. The company was in business until 1942.
The Parker Grade 2 was introduced in 1875 and was very popular at a cost of $80 (an 80 Dollar Grade). As Parker introduced the named grades they named Grade 2 guns E, F, G, H, EH and GH. The GH and EH describes Grade 2 hammerless Parkers, the other names describe Grade 2 hammer guns. These names were based on various gauge and stock configurations. It was a popular gun for the owner that wanted a gun with more adornment that the average gun and was willing to pay about $20 more for a gun that looked better and was well balanced. The Grade 2 had a higher quality of American walnut which has some figure.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bores are shiny smooth with some light spotting throughout. This shotgun features an engraved frame and solid construction. Numbers match. A great Parker shotgun from 1887!
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Barrel is 28 inches.
Caliber: 10 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 inch
Length of pull: 14 1/8 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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