Parker Brothers VH 16 gauge
Now on the auction block: a very nice Parker VH Grade Side-by-Side 16-gauge shotgun. Built on the number 1 frame, this shotgun features 28-inch “Vulcan Steel” barrels with 2-3/4″ chambers. NOTE: Auction ends May 8, 2011. Chokes are Full and Improved Modified. Double triggers and extractor. Condition is very nice with some good case colors remaining on the frame in the protected areas. The barrels retain 95% original blue finish. There is no pitting. The stocks are in very fine shape. Wood to metal fit is excellent and checkering is very good. The wood has never been sanded or refinished and it retains most of the original varnish. There is a newer Silvers buttpad installed for a LOP measuring 13-3/4″. Drop at Heel measures 2-1/2″; Drop at Comb measures 1-1/2″. The silver shiled in the bottom of the buttstock is inscribed with the initials “M.A.M.”. The stock are in fine shape with one small crack running forward from the buttpad on the right side and a tiny splinter of wood gone along the barrel channel on the right. The mechanics appear to be in perfect working order and lock-up is good and the gun is on face. The bores are bright throughout. There is one shallow dent in the right barrel that is just barely visible inside. This very fine shotgun comes with a Parker Gun Collector’s letter showing that the factory ledgers list this gun as having shipped on March 5, 1922. It also mentions that Parker notable, Frederick W. Anschutz, worked on this gun. He was Parker’s chief engraver between 1911-1930 and he apprenticed under the famous H. Gough.