1931 Parker Brothers GHE 16 Gauge SxS 28" Shotgun

Select American Walnut - Engraved - No Reserve
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Item 789427912
Location Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Priority Mail$48.00
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The Grade 2 production started about 1875, before the grading system was adopted and it sold for $80 (a 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. Most Grade 2 guns have Damascus or Parker Special Steel barrels. They were significantly better engraved than the lower grade guns. Quail, ducks, snipe and woodcock are common figures in the engraving of the frame sides and bottom; the forend latch and screw heads are also engraved. The checkering was deeper and finer than lower grade Parkers. After about 1880, the hard rubber dogs head butt plate and a white metal shied behind the top tang became standard on the Grade 2. Because of the added embellishments, it was very popular with Parker customers. Ejectors were an option on GH grade. These guns with ejectors (GHE) are desirable to collectors and can add as much as 50% to their collector value...
Up for auction is a Parker Brothers Hammerless GHE Double Barrel Side x Side Shotgun. This Parker Brothers shotgun shows a Serial Number of: 235828. Length of Pull measures 13.5" to back trigger. Length of Pull measures 14.5 to the forward trigger. Manufacture date is listed as 1931. This classic representation has Upland Game Scenes engraved on the frame. Barrel length is listed at 28". In the select world of vintage American double barrel shotguns, the name Parker Brothers stands in a class of their own. The Parker Gun Collectors Association has done a great job fostering knowledge on these fine guns, which many believe to be America’s finest. This GHE shows:

  • Serial Stamp is 235828.
  • Frame Size "1"
  • "16/1" on the barrel lug
  • Barrel flat shows 3 1 indicating barrel weight.
  • Water table is stamped GH indicating grade.
  • Barrel is stamped "Special Steel"
  • Water table is stamped "2"
This 1931 example is in very fine condition showing a proud degree of the original blue finish and case coloring. The select grade American hardwood stock and forearm show a rich texture and grain profile. The original dog’s head butt plate is featured and also remains in excellent condition. The lettering and engraving and screws are all in superb condition and look clocked properly along the axis of the gun. The triggers are crisp and break clean. There are fewer and fewer 16ga. Parkers with 28” Parker Special Steel barrels remaining original condition. The forearm shows small imperfections but remains solid throughout. A most gorgeous Parker Brother SXS Shotgun for your consideration. We have opened the gun and photographed the internal proofs in detail. Let the attached images guide your bidding. We’ve attached multiple Hi-Definition photographs in various lighting conditions for your review and consideration. She comes as photographed.

Parker Brothers History

The Parker Brothers shotguns were originally built in Meriden, Connecticut for seventy years, and then closed its doors near the end of 1937. Remington Arms Co. Inc purchased Parker in 1934. Fewer than twenty artisans and craftsman were transferred to Ilion , New York to continue the manufacturing as a part of Remington. Then production finally ceased in 1942 due to Remington’s war effort and the continued increase in manufacturing cost. Parker serial number 242,487 may be the last. It signaled the end of an era but the magic and mystique lives on. Called “ America ’s Finest Shotgun” by Peter H. Johnson, this exciting world of Parker is full of admiration, passion and pride of ownership. It is not uncommon for folks in the field to be asked, “that a Parker?” “Yep”, is the response, with a tone subtly laced with a hint of pride? From the three, highest grade guns ever produced, the “Invincibles”, to the every day “Trojan” the stories abound, filled with searches for long lost guns, sentimental journeys of family ownership, prideful presentations and a thirst never quenched to covet, hold, point, shoot and examine one of our great American treasures. From the coverts of New England where, Burt Spiller, Corey Ford and William Harnden Foster prowled with their Parkers and left a legacy of fine writing on grouse and woodcock shooting, to the duck clubs of the eastern seaboard, the Mississippi watershed and other storied spots in Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee, to the flyways of California and the Pacific Northwest, the Parker gun reigned supreme in American history. Parkers were used by Wells Fargo messengers and even landed in the hands of the infamous outlaw, Black Bart. Parker guns achieved great notoriety having been the choice of well known celebrities, folks of stature, political leaders, and even U.S. presidents. From William Henry Harrison our ninth president to the great author, Earnest Hemmingway to far away Czar Nicholas II the storied past of Parker comes to life like a good mystery novel. Czar Nicholas II, the Czar of Russia’s gun became one of the most fabled and mysterious of all. Parker records, later enhanced by legend, speculation and fact, fueled a ninety year treasure hunt. The search for this gun initially based on a news story in the Meriden Journal on March 7, 1914, later substantiated by Parker records listing an order in 1914 by O.R. Dickey. The hunt ended when it surfaced at Julia Auctions in March 2007. An intriguing story set down first in “The Parker Story” the bible for Parker folks, and “remainder of the story” published in 2007, Volume 14, Issue 7 of “The Parker Pages”, Journal of the Parker Gun Collector’s Association. Special guns were created for Parker family members and valued employees like Charles A. King, Walter A. King and James P. Hayes but probably we remember folks in American history like Frank Butler (1850-1926) and Annie Oakley (1860-1926). Born Phoebe Ann Moses, she and husband, Butler travelled the Midwestern vaudeville circuit with a shooting act and in 1885 she was hired as a feature act for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Little Miss Sure Shot owned and used her Parkers. America ’s famous composer of “The Stars and Stripes Forever”, band leader, John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) fondly labeled the “March King” was the proud owner of a 12 gauge hammerless AAH grade and a DHE grade. Sousa was an avid amateur trap shooter and served as President of the American Trap shooters Assn in 1918. The great writer of fifty-four novels, Zane Grey (1875-1939) who we will never forget from his “The Lone Ranger” and “Riders of the Purple Sage” was presented a Parker AAHE by Recreation magazine in 1917. He later acquired a Parker GH 20. A list of accomplished prominent amateur and professional trap shooters of the day shooting Parker guns included Arthur W. duBray (1848-1928), Adam Bogardus (1833-1913), Fred Gilbert (1865-1927, Fred Kimble (1846-1941), Lester Stanley German (1869-1934) and Tom Marshall ( 1856-1922). From 1885 through 1922 Parker advertising called out the feats of many tournament winners. Hollywood is well represented in Parker history. Robert Stack, Gary Cooper, Fred McMurray, Joan Bennett, Clark Cable and even Kevin Costner used a Parker lifter-action in his portrayal of Wyatt Earp in 1994. Business leaders like Robert W. Woodruff (1889-1985), president of Coca Cola was an avid sportsman and frequented his favorite hunting retreat “Ichauway” in South Georgia where he entertained the likes of Ty Cobb and Dwight Eisenhower. He is known for his spectacular CHE 410 used to humble many of his guests. We cannot overlook some of our greatest military leaders like General John Joseph Pershing 1860-1948), General William “Billy” Mitchell (1879-1936) and General George S. Patton (1885-1945), who were proud owners of America ’s Finest Shotgun”. The legend and lore of the Parker Gun, called an Immortal American Classic by Larry Baer, is kept alive with continued research and prideful ownership by hunters, shooters and members of the Parker Gun Collectors Association. “Old Reliable” is taken to the field with enthusiasm and confidence every season. Present owners are keepers of the flame destined to pass it on to the next generation.

Parker Shotgun General Characteristics

  • Make: Parker Brothers
  • Model: GHE
  • Caliber: 16 Gauge
  • Finish: Engraved - Case Color - Blue
  • Barrel Length: 28"
  • Condition: Used - High Grade
  • Stock: Select Grade American Walnut
  • Rear Sights: Open Line Of Sight
  • Front Sights: Bead
  • Serial Number: 235828
  • Manufactured: 1931 - New Haven Connecticut

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Barrel Length
28 inch
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