PARKER BROTHERS SxS GH Grade 2 Hammerless Shotgun
Antique Engraved GRADE 2 Double Barrel 12 Gauge Made In 1891
Here we present an antique Parker Brothers Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun, made in 1891 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 by many to have been the best manufacturer of fine American shotguns, ever. The company was in business until 1942.
The Parker GH, or 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 plus. The Damascus pattern is strong on the barrel. The case colors remain strong on the frame, visible on the exterior and vibrant on the interior. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The walnut stock shows honest use and remains in good condition. The bores are bright and smooth. The actions are excellent, strong and crisp. Here is a nice example of a Grade 2 Parker Shotgun from the 1891!
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Barrel is 30 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 inch
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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