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3434
$69,000.00

FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLY RARE 8 BORE PARKER “B” GRADE TOP LEVER HAMMER GUN IN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH CASE.

SN 77111. Cal. 8 ga. 3-1/4″ Chambers. This extremely rare (2 estimated) high grade big bore Parker has 34″ fine Damascus bbls with concave game rib marked with standard Parker name and address, along with “DAMASCUS STEEL”. Bbl flats are stamped with all correct markings, including patent dates, grade number, weight (8 lbs 14 oz), and bbl material (D). Bottom of rear lump is stamped with frame size (7). SN is on left side of lightly damascened lump. Robust action with fishtail top lever has deeply sculpted fences, reinforcing beads, and check hook. Action is fitted with standard type bar locks with flat faced hammers with tall spurs. Action is further filed with elongated teats on fences, and secondary bead at bottoms of fences. Action and lockplates are engraved with near full coverage small scroll within geometric and scroll borders surrounding small vignettes of dogs and game birds; finely detailed pair of setters on left lockplates pointing a pair of rising snipe at rear of plate. Right plate depicts a pair of pointing pointers with pair of quail (?) flushing at rear of plate. Bottom of action depicts a bounding stag with boulders in background in circular vignette. A dogs head is on trigger plate which is also engraved with 1875 patent date. Another running stag is on trigger guard bow. Bodies of hammers and top lever are engraved with tapering scroll. Finely marbled, and wonderfully figured European walnut capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14-3/8″ over engraved skeleton buttplate, with central checkering within wide border. Grip checkering is of fancy outline, and has nicely mullered borders. There are nicely shaped lozenge drop points behind lockplates, and a vacant gold shield is at top of grip. Hard rubber grip cap has large gold central oval. Matching splinter forend has nicely filed steel tip, and typical release engraved with patent dates. This fine gun matches all specifications as listed in PARKER IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION ledger. Bore diameter: left -.860, right – .860. Bore restrictions: left – .090 (full), right – .108 (full). Wall thickness: left – .060, right – .070. Drop at heel: 3-3/8″, drop at comb: 2-1/8″. Weight: 12 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14-3/8″. Undoubtedly orig, most likely American made case with riveted-on brass corners, has central brass rectangle engraved “P. Roberts Jr. Philadelphia” (a quick google search indicates Mr. Roberts was an engineer, of some sort). Interior is lined in light green baize, and contains a very large BGI beech and brass cleaning rod, with associated large mops, turks heads, lead removers, and wad devil, in plastic box. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, original, as found. Bbls retain well over 90% orig brown, with excellent definition to pattern, with some areas of splotchy oxidation, and some light scratches, and some darkening, mostly at normal carry point. Action and lockplates retain approx 90% of their orig case hardening color, the majority, especially in protected areas, is vibrant. This fine color thins to silver and gray at bottom of action with considerable silvering on bottom beads, which also have some light oxidation. Hinge pin and check hook pins retain nearly all of their brilliant, almost opalescent, fire blue. Trigger guard retains most of its orig bright blue. Stocks retain nearly all of their orig rubbed oil finish, grain slightly raised, with a number of light marks, nicks, and some white paint. Checkering is lightly worn and dark. Skeleton steel buttplate is exceptional and retains most of its bright original blue with some spotting. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny, but with some very light longitudinal scratches, and a hint of frosting at breech end of right bbl. Action is very tight. Bbls are on face. Locks are crisp. Case leather is still relatively light in color, but shows some moisture damage. Renewed strap and handle anchors are excellent. Orig interior felt is fine, with some light soiling and rubs. Accessories are fine. It is hard to imagine the existence of a finer big bore American shotgun; All are scarce, high grade examples exceedingly rare. THE PARKER STORY lists two 8 bore top lever hammer guns, along with 2 hammerless 8 bores, in grade 5, and no 8 bores in grades 6 or 7, yielding a rarity factor for this wonderful gun akin to the “Invincible” grade. Factory records indicate this gun was made for the Columbian Exposition. After being exhibited it was shipped to Tryon & Co in Philadelphia. 50616-1 (80,000-140,000) – Lot 3434

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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