Parker Brothers Model GH Shotgun

by
posted on March 10, 2014
R605OG80A.jpg

Gun: Parker Brothers Model GH Hammerless Damascus Side-By-Side Shotgun

Condition: 20 percent or less (NRA Fair/Poor)

Approximate Value: $600

During its 66-year reign as America’s finest side-by-side shotgun maker, circa 1866-1932, Parker Brothers’ reputation for quality and reliability became legendary. Manufactured in 1903, this Parker Model GH possesses a shiny frame that indicates most of the original case colors are gone. And while it still appears to be in pretty good shape, closer examination reveals some serious problems.

The light-colored stock and fore-end are indicative of refinishing, and Parker aficionados likely already spotted the non-original checkering on the stock’s side panels. The slotted hinge pin, which should be on the left side of the gun, does not align properly and appears to be a replacement by an amateur gunsmith.

This shotgun’s frame may have been previously polished, or it was worn from being carried in this area during a lifetime of hunting trips, as most of the original, factory crisp GH-grade engraving is either thinned out or gone. The Damascus barrels still show great patterning, and double triggers are typical on the Model GH, which retailed new for approximately $80 and was $25 more with ejectors (GHE Model).

While Parker Brothers made more than 242,000 shotguns, most are now in less than 30 percent original condition, and many, such as this one, are no longer original. The Holy Grail for Parker collectors is an original 28-gauge model that Parker introduced in 1902 and remains the only gauge invented by an American shotgun company.

Parker shotguns have continued to lead the domestic side-by-side marketplace in price appreciation, with values for strong, original-condition guns in smaller gauges (20 ga. and less) going well above auction reserve levels. While many other famous American manufacturers made their side-by-side shotguns with equal quality, today’s Parker Brothers shotgun owners still hold the bragging rights of having a few of their rarest and best quality models selling for more than $100,000! But don’t forget that originality and condition have always been Polar North for Parker shotgun collectors. That’s why this gun might be a hard sell for more than $600.

-S.P. Fjestad, Author/Publisher, Blue Book of Gun Values

(Originally published May, 2006.)

Latest

Royal Air Force logo on white blue font
Royal Air Force logo on white blue font

Woke RAF Cadets To Stop Using "Marksman" Term

The United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force Cadets (RAFC) and their instructors have been ordered to stop using the term “marksman” in reference to the organization’s shooting badges.

Gun-Owning Americans Face Fines, Jail Time Overseas

The recent arrests of Americans overseas highlight the importance of double-checking every bag you travel with for ammo, guns or parts along with understanding firearm and ammunition regulations at the destination and locations between, including flight layovers.

Preview: WDR NILE Silicon Carbide Rail Panels

These NILE rail panels from Walker Defense Research are lightweight, durable M-Lok rail covers that provide added grip to a rifle fore-end while also guarding against radiant heat emanating off a hot gun barrel.

Walther PDPs: Polymer vs. Steel Frame

The Performance Duty Pistol (PDP) series from Walther Arms has grown to include several options, with frames available in both polymer and metal. Here are the pros and cons of each.

New For 2024: ZRODelta FKS-9

The ZRODelta FKS-9 takes the basic design of the Gen3 Glock and builds in some unique features that make it versatile and compatible with a wide range of parts, optics and accessories.

Preview: Nightstick TCM-10

The TCM-10 by Nightstick is a Picatinny rail-mounted compact weapon light that is compatible with countless pistol models thanks to a set of five included modular rail inserts.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.