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Old 03-01-2017, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hi, my father recently passed away, and I now own a few of his guns. One of these is a Parker Bros. double barrel shotgun. I have no idea what I have here, and was wondering if anyone out there could enlighten me. It has Parker Bros. Stamped on both sides, "PATD MARCH 26 1878" stamped on the fore stock. It also has what appears to be a serial number stamped begin the trigger guard (175xxx). Any history or actually any information would be appreciated. It's a side by side double barrel and it's hammerless if that helps. Thanks for your time.ImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1488385746.178820.jpgImageUploadedByFirearms Talk1488385788.462207.jpg
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Old 03-02-2017, 07:34 AM   #2
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Ken- first, my condolences on the passing of your father.

Second, welcome to the forum- when you have a minute, drop by the Introductions thread and say howdy.

About your shotgun- not enough pictures, bro- but the Parker was considered America's finest shotgun. Parker owners include Czar Nicholas, Clark Gable, Hemingway, US Presidents and my Grandad.

They were made in a variety of models and grades. None of them are cheap and they are all worth some serious $$$- some MUCH more than others.

This is a link to the Parker Gun forum. That site has a database that will let you look up year, show you how to find which model, etc.

And get us some more pics!
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Please accept my condolences on your loss.
The Parker Collectors are a great source of info and can likely help you a lot, as c3 said. If you plan to shoot this gun, you should have an experienced sxs gunsmith go over it first. It may just be the lighting for that picture, but the gun appears to be badly off-face which would make it unsafe to fire.
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Thank you both for your knowledge, help, and advice. I will follow up, as well as post more pics in a bit.
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As C-3 and others mentioned to find it's worth contact the Parker Collectors. The condition of it will dictate the value. But according to the Serial Number #175,XXX I believe it was manufactured in 1917. Of course as a family heirloom its value is priceless! For example, I have my Grandpas Fox Stearlingworth 20ga. Full and Full. It is worth some good money but as far as I am concerned it will never be for sale. It will continue to be passed on down through the family. And I will come back an haunt anyone who would sell it!

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