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PARKER HAMMER AND HAMMERLESS SHOT GUN (THE)
At the Annual Tournament of 1889 [1], held at Cannes, France, the grand prize, consisting of 2000 francs and a valuable cup, was won with a Parker Hammerless. The first Parker Hammerless Gun made won the championship of America at Decatur, Ills. Parker Bros., makers. New York Office, 97 Chambers St.”

— D.H. Hurd & Co. in Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations (1893), p. 212.


Parker Brothers guns design catalogues and historical information (by year)


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1860s

Various newspapers, magazines and other sources

(c. 1860s-). Various newspapers, magazines and other sources - search engines. (Updated 20 April 2019.)

1858-1969 - company records

Remington Arms Company. (1858-1969). Remington Arms Company Historical Files, 64 v. [Includes "inventory records, 1917-38, of Parker Brothers Shotgun Company, (bought by Remington c. 1930").] (Updated 4 May 2017. A01136.)

1864 - historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1864). On "Charles Parker companies", (pp. 754-55). In A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860. [Brief mention, see excerpt below.] Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 1 June 2017. A02568-70.)

1868 - historical information

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" section (including details about Charles Parker companies), (pp. 424-26). A history of American manufactures from 1608-1860 (3rd edition, revised and enlarged). 643 pp. Philadelphia: Edward Young & Co. (Viewed 15 June 2016. A00816-18.)


1868 advertisements

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1868 - two advertisements

Charles Parker. (6 & 7 April 1868). Advertisements: "Good news to sportsmen... best double-barreled breech-loading shotguns... " [with illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican. (Viewed 21 July 2019. C01086-87).

1868 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (2 September 1868). Advertisement: "Good News to Sportsmen... Metallic Cartridge, Breech-Loading, Double-Barreled Shot Guns... Send for circular..." [with abstract illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 3, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 20 July 2019. C01075).



1869 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1869). The Parker breech loading double barreled shotgun. 16 pp. (Updated 15 April 2017. AAA00039; A02205-06.)

1869 - Parker Brothers in American Institute Fair

(1870). Thirtieth annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1869-70, pp. 39, 50. Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92.)

  • Online - Courtesy University of Toronto library.
  • Also: Offline - (2 September 1869). American Institute Fair [with mention of fair dates: 8 September - 30 October 1869]. New York Times, p. 2. (Viewed 13 November 2018. L00848). See worldcat.org for locations.

American Institute Fair exhibitors (1869) include "Parker Brothers, West Meriden, Conn., [award] for power presses. First media and diploma" and award "for shot guns. First media and diploma". (Excerpt from annual report above).



1869 advertisements

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1869 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (2 October 1869). Advertisement: "Good news to sportsmen, Metallic-Cartridge, Breech-Loading, Double-barreled shot guns..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 21 July 2019. C01096).

1869 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (2 October 1869). Advertisement: "Parker Brothers, successors to Meriden Manufacturing Company, iron founders and machinists; Manufacturers of Portable Steam Engines, Boilers, Drop, Foot and Screw Presses; We are the sole Manufacturers, and make a specialty of Parker’s Power Presses... Cutlery-Makers.... Breech-Loading Shot-Guns... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 6. (Viewed 21 July 2019. C01095).

1869 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (1 December 1869). Advertisement: "Good news to sportsmen, Metallic-Cartridge, Breech-Loading, Double-barreled shot guns..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 6. (Viewed 21 July 2019. C01101).

1869 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (1 December 1869). Advertisement: "Parker Brothers, successors to Meriden Manufacturing Company, iron founders and machinists; Manufacturers of Portable Steam Engines, Boilers, Drop, Foot and Screw Presses; We are the sole Manufacturers, and make a specialty of Parker’s Power Presses... Cutlery-Makers.... Breech-Loading Shot-Guns... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 21 July 2019. C01102).



1869 - patent - improvement in cartridge-loader

James M. Taylor, assignor to Charles Parker. (13 July 1869). Letters patent no. 92,669: Improvement in cartridge-loader. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02544).

1869-1910? - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1869-1910?). The Parker breech-loading double-barreled shot-gun: The best and lowest priced gun in the world. 16 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02349.)



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1870s

1870 - historical information

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Guns & Hardware - Charles Parker" section including illustrations (pp. 486-87). In History of Wallingford, Conn. From its settlement in 1670 to the present time: Including Meriden, which was one of its parishes until 1806, and Cheshire, which was incorporated in 1780. (Also see "Manufactures section": pp. 472-495.) 1086 pp. Meriden: Published by the author. (Viewed 17 November 2016. A00793-94.)


1870 advertisements

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1870 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (14 September 1870). Advertisement: "Parker Brothers, successors to Meriden Manufacturing Company, iron founders and machinists; Manufacturers of Portable Steam Engines, Boilers, Drop, Foot and Screw Presses; We are the sole Manufacturers, and make a specialty of Parker’s Power Presses... Cutlery-Makers.... Breech-Loading Shot-Guns... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 4. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01108).

1870 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (14 September 1870). Advertisement: "Good news to sportsmen, Metallic-Cartridge, Breech-Loading, Double-barreled shot guns..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01109).

1870 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (5 December 1870). Advertisement: "Parker Brothers, successors to Meriden Manufacturing Company, iron founders and machinists; Manufacturers of Portable Steam Engines, Boilers, Drop, Foot and Screw Presses; We are the sole Manufacturers, and make a specialty of Parker’s Power Presses... Cutlery-Makers.... Breech-Loading Shot-Guns... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 16 July 2019. H01100).

1870 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (5 December 1870). Advertisement: "Good news to sportsmen, Metallic cartridge breech-loading double-barrelled shot guns. The best and lowest-priced gun in the world... New York Office, no. 27 Beekman St" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 6. (Viewed 16 June 2019. H01098).



1870 - patent - improvement in breech-loading fire-arms

Charles Green, assignor to Charles Parker. (6 December 1870). Letters patent no. 109,890: Improvement in breech-loading fire-arms. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02660).


1871 advertisements

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1871 - five advertisements

C. P. Clark, presumably Ogdensburg, New York. (August 1871). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun.. " The Ogdensburg Journal (Ogdensburg, New York). (Viewed 17 October 2018. B01105-09).

1871 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (6 September 1871). Advertisement: "Parker Brothers, successors to Meriden Manufacturing Company, iron founders and machinists; Manufacturers of Portable Steam Engines, Boilers, Drop, Foot and Screw Presses; We are the sole Manufacturers, and make a specialty of Parker’s Power Presses... Cutlery-Makers.... Breech-Loading Shot-Guns... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01110).

1871 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (6 September 1871). Advertisement: "Good news to sportsmen, Metallic-Cartridge, Breech-Loading, Double-barreled shot guns..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 7. (Viewed 23 July 2019. C01111).

1871 - two advertisements

(30 November, 7 December 1871). Advertisement: "Parker’s breech-loading, double barreled shot gun, best in the world. Parker Brothers, West Meriden, Conn. ... New York Office, 27 Beekman St. ... Wm. J. Farrar, General Agent for Ohio, 133 Superior St., Cleveland... " [with illustration of shot gun]. The Highland Weekly News (Hillsborough, Ohio). (Viewed 10 October 2018. B00888-89).

1871 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (5 December 1871). Advertisement: "Parker Brothers, successors to Meriden Manufacturing Company, iron founders and machinists; Manufacturers of Portable Steam Engines, Boilers, Drop, Foot and Screw Presses; We are the sole Manufacturers, and make a specialty of Parker’s Power Presses... Cutlery-Makers.... Breech-Loading Shot-Guns... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 5. (Viewed 25 July 2019. C01125).

1871 - advertisement

Charles Parker. (5 December 1871). Advertisement: "Good news to sportsmen, Metallic-Cartridge, Breech-Loading, Double-barreled shot guns..." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 6. (Viewed 25 July 2019. C01125).



1872 - news mention

(18 May 1872). Sportsmen’s Convention [at Seneca Falls; with mention: "Parker Bros. offers a silver pitcher, salver and goblets for the best average shots made with the Parker gun... "] The Oswego Daily Palladium (Oswego, New York), presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 20 October 2018. B01170).


1872 advertisements

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1872 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 4 July 1872). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular. Parker Bro’s. West Meriden, CT [with cropped illustration of gun]. Cazenovia Republican (Cazenovia, New York), unknown page number, col. 8. (Viewed 11 June 2019. F00834-35).

1872 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (2 October 1872). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican

1872 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 24 October 1872). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular. Parker Bro’s. West Meriden, CT [with cropped illustration of gun]. Cazenovia Republican (Cazenovia, New York), unknown page number, col. 2. (Viewed 11 June 2019. F00836-37).

1872 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (6 December 1872). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 7. (Viewed 26 July 2019. C01129).



1872? - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1872?). [Catalog] of the celebrated Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot gun. 34 pp. ("Cut on title page, cover, etc.") (Viewed 2 June 2016. C00014-19.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 M651pb [1872?].

1872-76 - The Rod and Gun magazine

Parker Bros. (1872-75; 1876-77). The rod and gun and American sportsman (magazine). (Updated 4 May 2016. A01075; A02352.)

1873 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1873). The Parker breech loading double barreled shotgun. 34 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [3]


1873 advertisements

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1873 - advertisement

Plummer, Lewis & Co., Tarboro, NC. (c. 16 January 1873). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Tarboro’ Southerner (Tarboro’, North Carolina), unknown page number, col. 8. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00924-25).

1873 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 24 January 1873). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. Iowa Plain Dealer (New Oregon, Iowa), p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00928-29).

1873 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (10 April 1873). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 4. (Viewed 26 July 2019. C01103).

1873 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (4 September 1873). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 7. (Viewed 3 August 2019. H01108).

1873 - advertisement

Parker Bro’s. (2 December 1873). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 3. (Viewed 3 August 2019. H01112).



1873 patents

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1873 - patent - improvement in cartridge-holders

Leroy J. Gaines, assignor to Charles Parker. (18 March 1873). Letters patent no. 136,987: Improvement in cartridge-holders. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02545).

1873 - patent - improvement in tools for capping cartridges

Joseph L. Raub, assignor to Charles Parker. (8 April 1873; filed 7 March 1873). Letters patent no. 137,720: Improvement in tools for capping cartridges. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02546).

1873 - patent - improvement in cartridge capping and uncapping devices

George V. McGraw, assignor to Charles Parker. (8 July 1873; filed 4 June 1873). Letters patent no. 140,718: Improvement in cartridge capping and uncapping devices. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02662).



1874 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1874, May 1). The Parker breech loading double barreled shotgun. 34 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [4]

1874 - spotlighted advertisement

Parker Brothers, West Meriden, CT. (9 October 1874). Advertisement: "’ Parker,’ the pioneer gun... Medal and Diplomas Awarded the Parker Gun, When placed on exhibition in Competition, Open to the World.. " [with cropped image of gun]. Turf, Field and Farm, p. 273. (Viewed 7 June 2019. F00620).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations.

"MEDAL AND DIPLOMA From the American Institute— 1869;
SILVER MEDAL Texas State Fair, 1871;
SILVER MEDAL Texas State Fair, 1873;
SILVER MEDAL Mechanics and Agricultural Fair Association of Louisiana— 1872;
DIPLOMA From the Vermont State Agricultural Society— 1868;
DIPLOMA From the New Hampshire State Agricultural Society— 1868;
DIPLOMA From the New Haven County (Conn.) Agricultural Society— 1867;
DIPLOMA From the Sardis (Mass.) Agricultural and Mechanical Society— 1870;
DIPLOMA From the Connecticut Valley Agricultural Association— 1870;
DIPLOMA Agricultural and Mechanical Association of West Alabama— 1871;
DIPLOMA Adams County (Miss.) Agricultural and Mechanical Assocation— 1872;
FIRST PREMIUM At the Delaware County (Iowa) Fair— 1871." (Excerpt from above.)



1874 advertisements

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1874 - advertisement

Parker Bro’s. (2 September 1874). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 4 August 2019. H01114).

1874 - advertisement

(3 December 1874). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 7. (Viewed 4 October 2019. H01117).

1874 - three advertisements

Parker Bros. (c. 4, 11, 25 December 1874). Advertisements: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Bolivar Bulletin (Bolivar, Tennessee). (Viewed 17 June 2019. D00834-37).

1874 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (25 December 1874). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Enquirer-Southerner (Tarboro’, North Carolina), page number unknown, col. 8. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00930-31).



1874 - patent - improvement in breech-loading fire-arms

Joseph L. Raub, assignor to Charles Parker. (13 January 1874; filed 27 December 1873). Letters patent no. 146,473: Improvement in breech-loading fire-arms. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02556).

c. 1874 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (c. 1874). [Catalog] of the celebrated Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot gun. 26 pp. ("Has reduced price list for May 1874"). (C00014-20).

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 M651pb [1874]. Viewed 2 June 2016.


1875 advertisements

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1875 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 9 January 1875). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Star of Pascagoula (Pascagoula, Mississippi), page number unknown, col. 6. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00926-27).

1875 - two advertisements

Parker Bros. (c. 13 & 20 August 1875). Advertisements: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Bolivar Bulletin (Bolivar, Tennessee), page number unknown, col. 4. (Viewed 14 June 2019. B00934-37).

1875 - advertisement

Parker Bro’s. (12 October 1875). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 1. (Viewed 4 August 2019. H01122).

1875 - advertisement

Parker Bro’s. (3 December 1875). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 2. (Viewed 5 August 2019. H01123).



1875 - patent - improvement in breech-loading fire-arms

Charles A. King, assignor to Charles Parker. (16 March 1875; filed 5 February 1875). Letters patent no. 160,915: Improvement in breech-loading fire-arms. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02547).

1876 - Parker Brothers in Centennial exhibition

(1876). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [Exhibition dates: 10 May - 10 November 1876. Listed: Chas Parker (guns) (p. 56). The actual award received is not indicated in this text.] 134 pp. S. T. Souder & Company: Philadelphia. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00841-42.)

1876 - Parker Brothers in Centennial exhibition

(1877). Souvenir of the Centennial exhibition [1876]: Connecticut’s representation at Philadelphia. [Core section: pp 99-111; also see exhibits list: pp. 124-27; Exhibitors including Charles Parker (guns and vises).] 380 pp. Geo. D. Curtis: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 25 June 2016. A00965-75.)


1876 advertisements

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1876 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (1 June 1876). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00232).

1876 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (c. 10 November 1876). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT [with cropped illustration of gun]. Iowa Plain Dealer (New Oregon, Iowa), page number unknown, col. 4. (Viewed 14 June 2019. B00914-15).

1876 - advertisement

Parker Bro’s. (1 December 1876). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World!! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 4, col. 1. (Viewed 5 August 2019. H01126).



1877 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1877). The Parker gun. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [5]


1877 advertisements

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1877 - two advertisements

Parker Bros. (c. 11 & 25 January 1877). Advertisements: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. Saline County Journal (Salina, Kansas). (Viewed 22 June 2019. D00948-51).

1877 - advertisement

Parker Bro’s. (7 March 1877). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular... This Gun is the Best in the World! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 5 August 2019. H01130).

1877 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (c. 16 March 1877). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT [with cropped illustration of gun]. Iowa Plain Dealer (New Oregon, Iowa), page number unknown, col. 4. (Viewed 14 June 2019. B00916-17).



1878 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1878, July 1). The Parker breech loading double barreled shotgun. 48 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [6]


1878 advertisements

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1878 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 21 February 1878). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Lake Charles Echo (Lake Charles, Louisiana), unknown page number, col. 5. (Viewed 17 June 2019. D00853-54).

1878 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (21 June 1878). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Democrat (Albany, Oregon), unknown page number, col. 3. (Viewed 18 June 2019. D00855-56).



1879 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 16 & 30 January 1879). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun. Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; West Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. The Saline County Journal (Salina, Kansas). (Viewed 27 June 2019. E00894-97).


1880s

1880 - Parker Brothers in Melbourne exhibition

(1880). Melbourne International Exhibition 1880; The official catalogue of the exhibits, with introductory notes of the countries exhibiting, v. II, second edition to the first issue. [Exhibition dates: 1 October 1880 - 30 April 1881; American exhibits, including Parker Brothers (Class 40.— Portable Weapons, and Hunting and Shooting Equipments) (p. 236). (Viewed 28 June 2016. A00997-1000.)


1880 advertisements

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1880 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (1 April 1880). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun... Send stamp for circular; Parker Bro’s; Meriden, CT" [with cropped illustration of gun]. Manitowoc Pilot (Manitowoc, Wisconsin), unknown page number, col. 8. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00912-13).

1880 - two advertisements

Liddle & Kaeding, San Francisco, CA. (9 October & 3 November 1880). Advertisements: "... Agents for... Parker Bros... " [with possibly relevant abstract illustration]. San Francisco Chronicle, p. 2. (Viewed 6 June 2019. F00622-23).

  • See worldcat.org for possible locations: 9 October 1880, p. 2; 3 November 1880, p. 2.



1880 - patent - fastening for fore-end stocks

Charles A. King, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (28 December 1880; filed 28 September 1880). Letters patent no. 235,881: Fastening for fore-end stocks. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02548).

1881 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1881). The Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot-gun. 48 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A01074.)

1881 - missing design catalogue

Parker & Whipple. (1881). [catalogue – cap pistols]. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (3 August 2016. AAA00049.)

1881 - design catalogue excerpt reprint

Parker & Whipple. (1881). Two pages from catalogue – cap pistols (1881). Reprinted in The Parker Story (pp. 990-91), (c. 1998-2000), The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. AAA00049. DM.)

1881 - news mention - in Australian World’s Fair, Melbourne

(30 April 1881). Connecticut Awards in the Australian World’s Fair [with mention: "... Connecticut awards are given by the New York Herald as follows... Second Degree of Merit... Parker Brothers, Meriden, shot gun.... "] Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), presumably p. 2, col. 2. (Viewed 3 October 2018. B00701-02).

1881 - spotlighted news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(20 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention of Parker Bros.: " ... Parker Bros. exhibit a case of the beautiful breech loading guns... "]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. (B00573-79).

1881 - news mention - in Meriden Town Hall exhibition

(23 September 1881). The State Fair [with mention: "... Diplomas were awarded to the following named for articles manufactured or displayed by them ... Chas. Parker Co., vises and shot guns ... "]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 29 September 2018. B00570-72).


1881 advertisements

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1881 - advertisement

Joseph Mulhattan with Hart & Co., Louisville, KY. (12 January 1881). Advertisement: "... Hardware and Cutlery. Agents... Parker Breech-Loading Shot Gun... " [with no illustrations]. The Hartford Herald (Hartford, Kentucky), p. 1, cols. 2-3. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00918).

1881 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (1 December 1881). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 7 August 2019. H01148).



1881 - patent - cartridge-closing machine

Chauncey Buckley, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (12 April 1881; filed 22 December 1880). Letters patent no. 239,930: Cartridge-closing machine. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02549).

1882 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1882, July 1). The Parker breech loading double barreled shotgun. 47 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [7]


1882 advertisements

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1882 - advertisement

Thomas H. Briggs & Sons, Raleigh, NC. (c. 26 January 1882). Advertisement: "... The Celebrated Parker Guns always on hand... Send for our Catalogue... We were awarded First Premium at Last State Fair for best display of Guns and Gun Goods... " [with no illustrations]. The Farmer and Mechanic (Raleigh, North Carolina), unknown page number, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00919-20).

1882 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (2 March 1882). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01159).

1882 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (6 December 1882). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 7. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01162).



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1883 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (15 February 1883). Advertisement: "Parker Bros., Manufacturers of The Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun... Highest award at the Centennial. Won the First Premium Grand Medal and Diploma..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 7. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00260).

1883 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (13 November 1883). Advertisement: "Parker Bros., Manufacturers of The Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 2. (Viewed 10 September 2017. G00262).



1884 - map

(1884). Meriden, Connecticut map, (p. 7 showing area south of Hanover street and west of South Colony street and the "Parker Bros. Machine Shops Gun Fac."). Sanborn Map & Publishing Co. 14 leaves. (Viewed 21 November 2016. A01026; AAA00008.)

1884 - spotighted news mention - at Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

(16 September 1884). The State Fair! [with mention of Parker Bros.]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 3, cols. 3-5. (Viewed 30 September 2018. B00592-93).

"Parker Bros. show a fine case of their famous shotguns of the latest and most improved style".



1884 advertisements

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1884 - three advertisements

(c. 16 February, c. 1 & 15 March 1884). Advertisements: "The Parker Gun!! Again Victorious at the late exposition at Melbourne, Australia... Parker Bros., Meriden, Conn.; Show rooms 97 Chambers St., New York." [with cropped image of gun]. St. Landry Democrat (Opelousas, Louisiana). (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00921-23).

1884 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (2 April 1884). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 10 August 2019. H01174).

1884 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (5 December 1884). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 20 July 2019. C01085).

1884 - text-based advertisement

J. F. Ives Gun store, presumably Meriden, CT. (5 December 1884). Advertisement: "Genuine Parker Guns; at J. F. Ives Gun store... " [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01169).

1884 - advertisement

Liddle & Kaeding, San Francisco, CA. (18 December 1884). Advertisement: "... Sole Agents for... Parker Brothers... " [with abstract illustrations]. San Francisco Chronicle, p. 3. (Viewed 6 June 2019. F00621).

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1885 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (8 April 1885). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 8. (Viewed 12 August 2019. L01007).

1885 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (5 December 1885). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 9 August 2019. H01172).



1886 advertisements

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1886 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (4 February 1886). Advertisement: "Parker Bros., Manufacturers of... Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, column 1. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00227).

1886 - advertisement

Parker Brothers, Meriden, Conn. (August 1886). Advertisement: "The Parker gun... At the Second International Clay-Pigeon Tournament... more prizes were won with Parker guns... " [with cropped image of gun]. The Cosmopolitan; a Monthly Illustrated Magazine (New York), p. 3. (Viewed 6 June 2019. F00614-15).

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1886 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (8 December 1886). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; [Simple,] Durable, Effective. [Highest] award at the Centennial... Send stamp for [Illustrated] Catalogue... [Salesrooms:] 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 10 August 2019. H01184).



1887 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1887). The Parker gun. 40 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [8]


1887 advertisements

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1887 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (February 1887). Advertisement: "The Parker Gun... " [with cropped image of gun]. The Cosmopolitan; a Monthly Illustrated Magazine, p. 5. (Viewed 6 June 2019. F00616-17).

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1887 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (6 April 1887). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 1. (Viewed 10 August 2019. H01183).

1887 - two advertisements

Hart Hardware Company, presumably Louisville, KY. (2 & 7 December 1887). Advertisement: "... Parker’s Breech-Loading Guns with latest improvements... " [with no illustrations]. Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky). (Viewed 6 June 2019. F00618-19).

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1887 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (5 December 1887). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 20 July 2019. C01081).



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1888 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (4 January 1888). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 1, col. 2. (Viewed 13 August 2019. L01014).

1888 - two advertisements

Geo. G. Brooks, presumably, Colusa, CA. (5 & 12 May 1888). Advertisements: "... Double-barrel breech loading guns... Parker Bros. ... " [with no illustrations]. The Weekly Colusa (Colusa, California). (Viewed 18 July 2019. C01041-44).

1888 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (10 July 1888). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, col. 1. (Viewed 13 August 2019. L01015).



1889 - design brochure

Parker Brothers. (1889). The Parker Shot Gun (Gun description and price list). (“Parker Hammerless”). 2 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-32.)

  • Offline - University of California Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 15.

1889 - missing booklet accompanying exposition - Parker Bros. at Meriden opera house

(1889). Meriden Journal Souvenir [leather-bound booklet containing a list of the manufactories contributing to the exhibition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, 10 October 1889, and other companies in Meriden], 4 pp. (Viewed 13 September 2018. L00763; L00765-68).

"Parker Bros., Parker shot-guns." (Excerpt in full from article above; the company’s designs are reported to be in the exhibition.)


1889 - spotlighted mention in article - Parker Bros. in Meriden opera house exhibition

(10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [with small section describing Parker Bros. guns in exhibition]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00747-59).

"[The display] consisted of a rack containing 30 breechloading guns of their manufacture, showing the different sizes, weights and bores in which they are made. Some were hammerless, others had the hammer as of old. The case was plainly but attractively arranged." (Excerpt from above.)



1889 - other articles

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1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Our guests: Honored visitors here to-day [including mention of "a rack of the celebrated Parker shot-guns from Parker Bros." being exhibited]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00769-83).

1889 - news mention - in Meriden opera house exposition

(10 October 1889). Notes of the visit: Meriden’s enterprise on this occasion praised by all [including mention of Parker Bros. guns, with excerpts from New Haven Register and Hartford Post]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 15 September 2018. L00781-83).

1889 - news mention - Meriden opera house exhibition

(11 October 1889). The show photographed: Fine pictures of the Opera House exhibit made. ["The best of them will be forwarded to Frank Leslie’s paper— what the state and New York press has to say about Meriden", with excerpts from Hartford Courant, Hartford Times, New Haven Register, New York Herald, New York Tribune, Waterbury Republican, with no specific mention of Parker Bros.]. Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1. (Viewed 14 September 2018. L00785-89).

1889 - news mention

(November 1889). Trade gossip (including paragraph about exposition at the Delavan Opera House, Meriden, including mention of Charles Parker Co., and attendance by the American International Congress). The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, p. 113. (Viewed 10 September 2018. L00760-61.)



1889 advertisements

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1889 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (10 April 1889). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, col. 1. (Viewed 13 August 2019. L01025).

1889 - two advertisements

C. B. Pike, Whitehall, NY. (30 August & 27 September 1889). Advertisements: "Are you in need of a gun? ... Parker Gun... " [with no product illustrations]. The Granville Sentinel (Granville, New York). (Viewed 3 July 2019. F01058-61).

1889 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (6 December 1889). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, col. 7. (Viewed 11 August 2019. H01190).



1890s

1890 advertisements

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1890 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (9 April 1890). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, col. 1. (Viewed 14 August 2019. L01034).

1890 - advertisement

J. B. Field & Co., Detroit, Michigan. (17 August 1890). Advertisement: "... Parker Hammer Guns... " [with possibly relevant illustration of man holding a gun]. Detroit Free Press, p. 5. (Viewed 7 June 2019. F00654).

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1890 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (18 November 1890). Advertisement: "The Parker Hammerless Shotgun... Send for illustrated circular... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Sacramento Record-Union (California), p. 2, cols. 4-5. (Viewed 18 July 2019. C01045-46).

1890 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (8 December 1890). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, D[urable], [E]ffective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, col. 1. (Viewed 11 August 2019. H01194).



1891 - historical information

(1891). On "Parker Bros.", (pp. 158). In Connecticut of to-day: Its chief business centres. Acme Publishing and Engraving: New York. (Viewed 3 March 2017. A01543; A01551.)


1891 advertisements

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1891 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (2 January 1891). Advertisement: "Parker Bros., Manufacturers of The Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot Gun..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 4, column 2. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00221).

1891 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (2 September 1891). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, presumably p. 3, col. 6. (Viewed 16 August 2019. L01043).



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1892 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (30 November 1892). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 6. (Viewed 12 August 2019. L01002).

1892 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (14 December 1892). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 6. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01045).



1893 - historical information

D.H. Hurd & Co. (1893). "Parker Hammer and Hammerless Shot Gun", (p. 212), and building illustration. In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. Boston, MA; 223 pp. (Updated 11 October 2017. A00749-51.)

1893 - Parker Brothers in Columbian Exposition

(1893). World’s Columbian Exposition, 1893 (Chicago), Official catalogue, Part VIII. [Exhibition dates: 1 May - 30 October 1893; Listed: Parker Bros (guns), (p. 41)]. W. B. Conkey Company: Chicago. (Viewed 16 June 2016. A00850-56.)

1893 - Parker Brothers in Columbian Exposition

(1898). Connecticut at the World’s Fair: Report of the commissioners from Connecticut of the Columbian Exhibition of 1893 at Chicago. [Listed: Parker Brothers (p. 130)]. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company: Hartford, CT. (Viewed 2 March 2017. A01528-31.)


1893 advertisements

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1893 - advertisement

R. Liddle & Co., San Francisco, CA. (14 September 1893). Advertisement: "... Parker Bros. ... Shotguns... Wholesale and Retail... Send 3-cent stamp for Catalogue" [with abstract illustration of a man holding a gun]. San Francisco Call (California), p. 2, col. 6. (Viewed 18 July 2019. C01039-40).

1893 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (5 April 1893). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 6. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01055).

1893 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (6 December 1893). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01062).



1894 - historical information

Moore, William F. (1894). On "Charles Parker", (pp. 84-6 with portrait illustration). In Representative men of Connecticut, 1861-1894. Massachusetts Publishing Co.: Everett, MA. (Viewed 28 May 2017. A02458; A02465-67.)

1894 - spotlighted news mention - Parker Bros. to be in New York exposition

(25 November 1894). "First sportsmen’s exposition" [general exposition preview]. Hardware, p. 21. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00587.)


1894 advertisements

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1894 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (7 March 1894). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 3. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01067).

1894 - two advertisements

E. B. Muchmore, presumably East Hampton, NY. (21 & 28 September 1894). Advertisements: "... Parker Guns... " [with no related illustration]. The East Hampton Star (East Hampton, New York). (Viewed 6 June 2019. F00630-32).

1894 - six advertisements

Parker Bros. (October-December 1894). Advertisements: "... The Parker Gun..." [with cropped image of gun]. Hardware. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00545; G00550; G00561; G00569; G00576; G00586.)

1894 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (12 December 1894). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of the Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot-Gun; Simple, Durable, Effective. Highest award at the Centennial... Send stamp for Illustrated Catalogue... Salesrooms: 97 Chambers St., New York" [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 1. (Viewed 17 August 2019. L01068).



1895 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1895, March 1). The Parker gun. 36 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [9]

1895 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1895). Catalogue. Number of pages unknown. (In c. 1974-76, L. Baer writes, “The rarest of all Parker catalogues was issued, the showroom factory catalog. Only one of these is known to exist…”) No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [10]

1895 - historical information

Hall, Henry. (1895). "Charles Parker", owner / manufacturer, Charles Parker Company, including Meriden Curtain Fixture Company, with illustration (pp. 608-10). In America’s successful men of affairs. An encyclopedia of contemporaneous biography (vol II). The New York Tribune; 1074 pp. (Viewed 2 June 2016. A00746-48.)

1895 - spotlighted news mention - Parker Bros. in First Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition

(25 May 1895). First Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition [Madison Square Garden, New York, 13 - 18 May 1895; with 11-paragraph section on Parker Bros. (guns) and photo of exhibit]. Forest and Stream, pp. 417 and 13 additional pages. (Viewed 15 December 2018. L00818).

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"... 75 [guns were shown]... a very complete line, from cheap grades up to the highest price pigeon guns. These latter are in a nicely padded revolving case, and being so accessible were perhaps more generally observed than the long double row of sturdy 12s, and 10s, within the big case. Even some 8-gauges were on hand." (Excerpt from article above.)


1895 articles

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1895 - news mention - Parker Bros. in Sportsmen’s Exposition

(18 May 1895). The Sportsmen’s Exposition [with mention of Parker Bros. in list of exhibitors of guns as well as "handsome Parker cases"]. Forest and stream, page numbers unknown. (Viewed 11 November 2018. D00456).

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1895 - news mention

(12 August 1895). Meriden’s factories [including mention of the Parker Brothers’ Gun shop as the 11th largest factory in Meriden]. The Daily Morning Journal and Courier (New Haven, CT), p. 3, col. 1. (Viewed 27 September 2018. B00517-18).



1895 - spotlighted advertisement - Parker Brothers in New York exposition

(10 April 1895). First Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition, Madison Square Garden, New York City advertisement (13-18 May 1895). [Exhibitor: Parker Bros. & Co.] In Hardware, v. 11, p. 92. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02334; A02336.)


1895 - other advertisements

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1895 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (1 March 1895). Advertisement: "Parker Bros., Manufacturers of The Improved Parker Breech-Loading Shot Gun..." Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, column 1. (Viewed 11 September 2017. G00233).

1895 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (10 April 1895). Advertisement: The Parker gun. ["New York Salesroom, 97 Chambers Street".] In (10 April 1895), Hardware v. 11, p. 131. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02334; A 02339.)

1895 - advertisement

Charles Parker Co. (12 December 1895). Advertisement: "Manufacturers of Hardware, Vises, Wood Screws, Coffee Mills, Cabinet Locks, Spoons, etc. Lamps and Chandeliers, Piano and Organ Stools, Scarfs, Music Cabinets, Ornamental Boxes. Also manufacturers of the Celebrated Parker Gun. N. Y. Salesrooms, 97 Chambers. St. Factories: Meriden, Conn." [with no illustrations]. Meriden Daily Republican, p. 2, col. 7. (Viewed 19 August 2019. L01095).



1896 - spotlighted news mention - Parker Bros. in Sportsmen’s Exposition

(28 March 1896). The Sportsmen’s Exposition: Exhibitors and exhibits [with section on Parker Bros. and photo of exhibit]. Forest and Stream, pp. 252 with 6 additional pages. (Viewed 15 December 2018. L00820).

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"Parker Bros. had in all about eighty guns exhibited, from 8-gauge to 20-gauge, from 14 lbs. to 5 1/2 lbs., from $100 to $65... Two new things were to be seen at the Parker Bros. space. There was a $100 list steel barrel gun... Another and very interesting thing was shown in a reinforced gun stock which it is a wonder no one has thought of before..."


1896 - news mention - Parker Bros. in Sportsmen’s Exposition, New York

(15 March 1896). From stream and forest [about the 1896 Sportsmen’s Exposition, New York with Parker Brothers listed as exhibitor]. New York Times, p. 12. (Viewed 11 November 2018. D00458).

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1896 - advertisement - Parker Bros. in Sportsmen’s Exposition

Sportsmen’s Exposition, New York. (18 January 1896). Advertisement: "The Second Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition... Madison Square Garden, New York, March 16 to 21, 1896... Parker Bros. ..." Forest and Stream, p. 65. (Viewed 15 December 2018. L00819).

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1897 - spotlighted news mention - Parker Bros. in Sportsmen’s Exposition

(20 March 1897). The Sportsmen’s Exposition [13 March - c. 18 March 1897, including section on Parker Bros. with photo of stand]. Forest and Stream, pp. 230- presumably p. 235. (Viewed 11 November 2018. L00822).

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"... The guns [are] displayed on two diamond-shaped racks and a circular one which revolves. They rest nudely in their racks, beautiful works of art, fine workmanship and utility... perfect fitting, the elegant engraving, rich material used in the construction, artistic designing, and their general excellence. There are displayed in all eighty guns... in gauges they are from 8 to 20... " (Excerpt from above.)


1897 - news mention - Parker Bros. in Sportsmen’s Exposition

(14 March 1897). The Sportsmen’s show [13 March - c. 18 March 1897, including mention of "Parker Gun Company" among exhibitors of firearms]. New York Times, pp. SM9 - presumably SM12. (Viewed 11 November 2018. L00821).

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1897 advertisements

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1897 - advertisement

Charles Parker Company. (6 April 1897). Advertisement: "Charles Parker Co., Manufacturers of Hardware, Vises... Spoons... The Celebrated Parker Gun.." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 7. (Viewed 9 September 2017. G00246.)

1897 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (c. 22 October 1897). Advertisement: "The Old Reliable Parker Gun... has no equal! ... " [with cropped illustration of gun]. Black Hill Union (Rapid City, South Dakota), page number unknown, col. 1. (Viewed 14 June 2019. F00932-33).



1897 - patent - ejecting mechanism for drop-down guns

Daniel M. Winans, assignor to Charles Parker Company. (9 November 1897; filed 22 March 1897). Letters patent no. 593,408; serial no. 628,570: Ejecting mechanism for drop-down guns. (Viewed 28 April 2018. AAA02659).

c. 1897 - design catalogue

(c. 1897). Parker hammer and hammerless guns. In 1968 reprint, Israel, Fred L. (Ed.), 1897 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 562. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02406-07.)

c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Parker Brothers", (p. 931-32). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 9 June 2017. A02626; A02633; A02640.)

c. 1897 - historical information

Davis, William T. (Ed.) (c. 1897). On "Charles Parker" (pp. 1079-80 with illustration). In The New England states, their constitutional, judicial, educational, commercial, professional and industrial history, vol. 2. Boston: D. H. Hurd & Co. (Viewed 1 August 2017. A02626; A02794-95.)

1898 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1898). The Parker shotguns. 23 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [11]

1898 - spotlighted news mention - Parker Bros. in New England’s Sportsmen’s Exposition

(19 March 1898). The Sportsmen’s Exposition [12 March - c. 25 March 1898, with mention of Parker Bros. as exhibitor]. Forest and Stream, p. 231. (Viewed 15 December 2018. L00823).

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1899 - missing poster

Parker Brothers. (1899). Poster. (In c. 1974-76, L. Baer writes, “The only known Parker Post was offered, stating the Parker as the best and lowest priced shotgun in the world. These are practically unknown, and super rare.”) . No copy in a public library/collection known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [12]

1899 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1899, April 1). Parker Bros. 23 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [13]

1899 - spotlighted news mention - Sportsmen’s Exposition, New York

(11 March 1899). The Sportsmen’s Exposition [c. 11 March 1899, including section on Parker Bros. and mention: "display a full range of the shotguns which they manufacture"]. Forest and Stream, pp. 188- presumably 191. (Viewed 11 November 2018. L00824).

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1899 - advertisement

Schoverling, Daly & Gales, New York. (17 September 1899). Advertisement: "... Shot guns! ... Parker Guns... Parker Bros. Hammerless; laminated barrels, 10 gauge, 30 in., 9 lbs. ... Two twist barrel guns, 10 gauge, 30 and 32 inch... 12 gauge, 28 inch, 7 lbs. Damascus barrel... 10 gauge, 32 inch, 9 lbs. Damascus... 10 gauge, 30 inch, 9 lbs. Damascus... 10 guage, 30 inch, 10 lbs., job, Damascus... " [with no illustrations]. New York Times, p. 12. (Viewed 7 June 2019. F00655).

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c. 1899 - design catalogue reprint

Parker Bros. (c. 1899). [catalogue]. In Amber, John T. (compiler), (1952), Ten rare gun catalogs, 1860-1899. New York: Greenberg. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02355-57.)


1900s

1900 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1900). The Parker gun. Number of pages unknown. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [14]

1901 - advertisement

Buffalo Arms Co., Buffalo, NY. (c. 23 August 1901). Advertisement: "Guns, Ammunition... Parker Guns..." [with abstract, cropped image of gun]. The Portville Autograph (Portville, New York), unknown page number, col. 3. (Viewed 5 June 2019. E00751).

1901 - patent - ejector mechanism for breech-loading firearms

Charles A. King and James P. Hayes, assignors to Charles Parker Company. (7 May 1901; filed 31 December 1900). Letters patent no. 673,641; serial no. 41,553: Ejector mechanism for breech-loading firearms. (Viewed 25 April 2018. AAA02550).

c. 1902 - design catalogue

(c. 1902). Parker Brothers hammer and hammerless guns. In 1969 reprint, 1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue, p. 297. Crown Publishers. (Viewed 9 May 2017. A02414; A02417.)

1903 - spotlighted news mention - Parker Bros. in Tri-State Automobile and Sportsmen’s Show

(8 February 1903). Tri-State Automobile and Sportsmen’s Show [9 - 14 February 1903; with Parker Bros. listed as exhibitor]. Detroit Free Press, p. B11. (Viewed 15 December 2018. L00832).

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1903 - advertisement

Hanlon Bros., presumably Medina, NY. (13 August 1903). Advertisement: "... Guns and Ammunition. Every ... Parker gun is covered by a binding guarantee... All these guns are made on the latests and most improved mechanical lines... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York), p. 8, cols. 5-6. (Viewed 11 June 2019. F00838-39).

1903 - advertisement

Hanlon Bros., presumably Medina, NY. (20 August 1903). Advertisement: "... Every ... Parker gun is covered by a binding guarantee... All these guns are made on the latests and most improved mechanical lines... " [with no relevant illustrations]. The Medina Tribune (Medina, New York), unknown page number, cols. 7-8. (Viewed 11 June 2019. F00840-41).

1903 - advertisement

Anderson Hardware Co., Atlanta GA. (23 October 1903). Advertisement: "Get Ready for the Birds! ... Parker Guns... " [with possibly relevant illustration]. Atlanta Constitution, p. 9. (Viewed 7 June 2019. F00656).

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1904 - text-based advertisement

Parker Brothers. (17 March 1904). Text-based advertisement: "If you do any shooting use the best kind of gun. For more than forty years Parker Brothers, of Meriden, Conn., have been making shot guns and the testimony of experts is that the Parker guns are the best." [With no illustration]. The Independent (New York), p. V. (Viewed 7 June 2019. F00657)

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1904 - advertisement

Parker Bros., Meriden, Conn. (28 April 1904). Advertisement: "... The Parker Guns stand supreme in the hearts of true sportsmen... " [with no illustrations]. The Independent (New York), p. IV. (Viewed 9 June 2019. F00658).

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1904 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (6 August 1904). Advertisement: "Why should it be necessary to tell of victories Won with the Parker Gun? ... " [with image of cropped gun]. Forest and Stream, p. VII. (Viewed 9 June 2019. F00659).

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1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). "Charles Parker Company" section including illustrations of buildings, (pp. 48-54). In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part III). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)

1906 - historical information

Gillespie, Charles Bancroft & Curtis, George Munson. (1906). Biographies of Charles Parker Company management: Charles Parker [pp. 310-16 including portrait); Dexter Parker (pp. 316-17 including portrait (p. 313) and house (p. 315)]. In A century of Meriden: A historic record and pictorial description of the town of Meriden, Connecticut and the men who made it, from earliest settlement to close of its first century of incorporation, (Part II). 1248 pp overall. (Viewed 19 November 2016. A00791-92.)


1906 advertisements

See the ads


1906 - advertisement

Parker Brothers. (18 May 1906). Advertisement: "The ’Old Reliable’ ... No. 31 Cherry Street, Meriden, Conn.; New York Salesrooms, 32 Warren St. ... " [with abstract cropped image of gun]. The Hartford Courant, p. 27, cols. 3-5. (Viewed 5 June 2019. E00710).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1906 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (14 June 1906). Advertisement: "Home of the Parker Gun, ’The Old Reliable’, Salesrooms and Factory, 26 Cherry Street" [no illustrations]. Meriden Morning Record, p. 7, col. 2. (Viewed 23 October 2018. B01192-95).



1907 - advertisement

Tufts-Lyon Arms Co., Los Angeles, CA. (12 September 1907). Advertisement: "We Want to Talk to You About Shotguns... Parker Bros. ... " [with no illustrations]. Los Angeles Herald, p. 8, cols. 6-7. (Viewed 18 July 2019. C01053-54).


1910s

1910 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1910). The Parker gun: known the world over as "the old reliable": manufactured by Parker Brothers, Meriden, Conn. 32 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02353.)

1910 - design catalogue reprint

Parker Brothers. (1910). The Parker gun: known the world over as "the old reliable" : manufactured by Parker Brothers, Meriden, Conn. 32 pp. Reprint: Livonia, N.Y. : R. & R. Books, [between 1990-1999?]. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02354.)

1911 - two advertisements

Charles Parker Company. (16 February 1911). Advertisement: "The Charles Parker Co., Meriden, Conn., Manufacturers of the Parker Gun, Parker Lamp... Vises..." Meriden Weekly Republican, p. 3, column 2 and p. 7. column 2. (Viewed 12 September 2017. G00249; G00251.)

1912 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1912). The Parker gun (embossed pine needle and combs on cover) brown cover. 32 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [15]

1912 - advertisement

Parker Bros. (29 June 1912). Advertisement: "Parker Guns... Parker Bros., Meriden, Conn., New York Salesrooms, 32 Warren Street ..." Forest and Stream, p. 835. (10 December 2018. L00833).

  • See worldcat.org for locations.

1913 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1913). The Parker gun. 23 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [16]

1914 - spotlighted article

(7 March 1914). Parker gun for Nicholas Czar of Russia. ["It was reported about the Parker gun shop to-day that the Meriden concern was building a shot gun for the Czar of Russia... "] Meriden Daily Journal, p. 1., col. 6. (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01179-80).

1914 - two advertisements

Parker Bros., Meriden, Conn. (6 & 27 December 1914). Advertisements: "The ’Old Reliable’ Parker Gun... " [with no illustrations]. The Sun (New York, NY). (Viewed 3 July 2019. F01062-65).

1915 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1915). The Parker gun (pine needles) green cover. 32 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [17]

1916 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1916). The Parker gun (flying geese). 36 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [18]

1916 - two advertisements

Babcock, Hinds & Underwood Hardware, Johnson City, TN. (21 October & 11 November 1916). Advertisements: "... Parker Double-barrel Shotgun... " [with no illustration]. Johnson City Endicott Record (Johnson City, Tennessee). (Viewed 5 June 2019. E00746-50).

1917 - historical information

(1917). Encyclopedia of Connecticut biography, vol 4. [On Charles Parker, (pp. 262-64).] The American Historical Society, Inc.: Boston, New York, Chicago. (Viewed 27 November 2016. AAA00507-09.)

1918 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1918). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)

1918 - map / illustration

(1918). Aero view of Meriden, Connecticut. [Including 5 illustrations of Charles Parker Co. – lamps, fixtures, spice and coffee mills: 48 Elm Street; Parker Bros.: 26 Cherry Street; Parker Clock Co.: 600 West Main Street] Hughes & Bailey: Boston. (Viewed 2 July 2016. A01020-21.)

1919 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1919). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)


1920s

1920 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1920, July 22). The Parker gun. 24 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [19]

1922 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1922). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)

1923 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1923, January 2). The Parker gun. 24 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [20]

1923 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1923, April 2). The Parker gun. Number of pages unknown. (In c. 1974-76, L. Baer writes, “Same as above except price change sheet included”.) No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [21]

1926 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1926, March 1). Parker guns. 32 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [22]

1927 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1927, January 1). Parker guns. 16 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [23]

1929 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1929). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)

1929? - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1929?). The Parker gun. 32 pp. [See 1930, January 1 entry below as same number of pages.] (Updated 4 May 2017. A01478.)




1930s

1930 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1930, January 1). Parker guns. 16 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [24]

1930 - missing design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1930, January 1). Parker guns. 32 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. [See 1929? entry above as same number of pages.] (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [25]

1931 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1931). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)

1931 - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1931). Parker guns (price list). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)

1932 - price list

Parker Brothers. (1932). Parker guns (price list). Number of pages unknown. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01067.)

1932 - missing design brochure

Parker Brothers. (1932). Parker guns (1930 revised). 16 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [26]

1933 - missing design brochure

Parker Brothers. (1933, April 1). Parker guns. 16 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [27]

1934 - missing design brochure

Parker Brothers. (1934, January 1). Parker guns. 16 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [28]

1934 - news brief

(July-August 1934). "Remington - Parker Brothers". DuPont Magazine, p. 16. (Viewed 2 December 2017. G01756.)

"The Remington Arms Company, Inc., has acquired the assets and business of Parker Brothers, Meriden, Connecticut, manufacturers of the Parker Gun... The manufacturing operations will remain at Meriden, but the plant will be known hereafter as the Parker Gun Works of the Remington Arms Company, Inc. ..." (Excerpt from above.)

1934 - feature article

Davis, Henry P. (November 1934). "From coffee mill to custom mill: A brief history of Parker Brothers..." DuPont Magazine, 28(11), pp. 3-5. (Viewed 15 April 2017. A02771-73.)

1936 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1936, January 2). The Parker gun (Jobbers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [29]

1936 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1936, January 2). The Parker gun (Dealers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [30]

1937 - missing design brochure or catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1937). The Parker gun. 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [31]

1937 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1937, May 17). The Parker gun (Jobbers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [32]

1937 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1937, May 17). The Parker gun (Dealers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [33]

1937 -missing salesman’s portfolio

Parker Brothers. (1937). Salesman’s portfolio showing all Remington and Parker guns. (“with large glossy photos of each grade and model”.) No copy in a public library known to exist; see below as might be this missing catalogue. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [34]

1937 - design catalogue

Remington Arms Co. / Parker Gun Works. (1937). Parker gun. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02348.)

1938 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1938, January 3). The Parker gun (Jobbers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [35]

1938 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1938, January 3). The Parker gun (Dealers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [36]

1938 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1938, January 3). The Parker gun (Retail price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [37]

1939 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1939, January 2). The Parker gun (Jobbers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [38]

1939 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1939, January 2). The Parker gun (Dealers price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [39]

1939 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1939, January 2). The Parker gun (Retail price list). 8 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [40]


1940s

1940 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1940, February 16). The Parker gun (Jobbers price list). 8 pp. (Same content as 1939 catalogue.) No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [41]

1940 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1940, February 16). The Parker gun (Dealers price list). 8 pp. (Same content as 1939 catalogue.) No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [42]

1940 - missing price list

Parker Brothers. (1940, February 16). The Parker gun (Retail price list). 8 pp. (Same content as 1939 catalogue.) No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [43]

1940 - missing specifications booklet

Parker Brothers. (1940, February 20). “Specifications and data on each model and grade on mimeographed sheets”. 25 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. (Viewed 24 July 2016. AAA00039.) [44]

1947 - secondary source

May, Earl Chapin. (1947). "Parker, Snow & Company" mention, (p. 78); "Charles Parker" mentions, (pp. 9, 39, 67, 78, 80, 84). In Century of silver, 1847-1947; Connecticut Yankees and a noble metal. 388 pp. New York: E.M. McBride & Company. (Updated 4 May 2017. DM.)


1950s

1955? - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1955?). The Parker double-barrel, breech-loading, hammerless and top-action shot guns. (Updated 4 May 2017. A01077.)

1955? - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (1955?). The Parker double-barrel, breech-loading, hammerless and top-action shot guns. 23 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02350.)


1960s

1961 - secondary source

Johnson, Peter H. (1961). Parker: America’s finest shotgun. 260 pp. Stackpole Co: Harrisburg, PA. (Updated 4 May 2017. A00652.)


1970s

1973 - spotlighted news mention - Parker guns in exposition

(17 September 1973). Governor at big E today; Local firms are exhibitors. Meriden Record newspaper, p. 8. [Article mentions Charles Parker Co. as exhibitor in Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA, 14 - 23 September 1973, with details about exhibited wares.] (Updated 26 November 2018. AAA00375-77; D00599.)

  • Online - Google News.
  • Offline - (15 August 1973). Private enterprise plans Big E exhibits [including mention of opening and closing dates and Parker guns]. Hartford Courant, p. 21. (See worldcat.org for locations.)


1980s

c. 1980 - secondary source

Baer, Larry L. (c. 1980). The Parker gun: An immortal American classic. Beinfeld Pub. Co.: North Hollywood, CA. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A00651.)

1988 - secondary source

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Charles Parker and Charles Parker Company, [pp. 37-8, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59 (photo of mansion), 66, 73, 74 - portrait]. In Meriden – Connecticut crossroads: An illustrated history. 144 pages. Windsor Publications: Northridge, CA. (Updated 4 May 2017. DM.)


1990s

1997 - secondary source

Muderlak, Ed. (1997). Parker guns, the old reliable. 270 pp. Huntington Beach, CA. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A00653.)

1998-2000 - secondary source

(c. 1998-2000). The Parker story. The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. (Updated 24 April 2017. A00650. DM.)


2000s

c. 2002 - secondary source

Price, Charles E. (c. 2002). Parker gun: Identification and serialization. 608 pp. Blue Book Publications: Minneapolis. (Viewed 20 July 2016. A01079.)

2004 - article

Parker, Louis C. III. (Fall 2004). The Parker Gun: Its History and Evolution; 268,000 Plus Guns and Almost 80 Years of Firearms Manufacture. American Society of Arms Collectors Bulletin, 90, pp. 17-39. (Reprinted online.) (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01166).

2006 - spotlighted article - Czar’s Parker gun for sale

Kurz, Jeffery. (31 December 2006). ’Czar’s Parker’ is up for sale ["... The seller firmly believes this is the actual Parker gun made for Czar Nicholas II, the last Russian czar, in 1914... "]. Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), p. 1, A4. (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01162-03).

2006 - article mention

Cotton, Eric (31 December 2006). Russia invades Meriden ["Meriden’s Russian history runs deeper than a Parker shotgun... "] Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), p. E1. (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01162-03; F01168-73).

2007 - spotlighted article - ’Czar’s Parker’ sells for $250,000

Kurz, Jeffery. (14 March 2007). ’Czar’s Parker’ fetches king’s ransom; shotgun made in Meriden in 1914 sells for $250,000. Record-Journal (Meriden, CT), p. 1, 8. (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01162-04).

2008 - secondary source

Muderlak, Ed. (2008). Parker guns: Shooting flying and the American experience. 367 pp. (Viewed 4 May 2017. A02351.)


2010s

2010 - secondary source

Franco, Janis Leach. (2010). Illustration of Charles Parker (p. 34); reprinted Parker Gun advert (N.Y. salesroom: 32 Warren St) (p. 34); photo of Charles Parker mansion, 816 Broad Street, (p. 43). In: Meriden. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. (Viewed 15 December 2016. DM.)

2013 - CNN broadcast / video and article mentions

Smith, Aaron. (15 April 2013). A fourth-generation gunsmith, still going strong. CNN.com. (Viewed 9 July 2019. F01161).

"... The Parker is a specific brand of break-action shotgun that has a fervent following among hunters and collectors. The cheapest model, the "Trojan," goes for $2,000, while the rarest make is the ’Invincible’. Only three of them were ever made, and together are valued at $5 million. ... " (Excerpt from above.)


2014 - article mention - CNN.com

Smith, Aaron. (22 December 2014). 20 antique guns that fetched big bucks [photo gallery with captions, including a Parker shotgun]. (Viewed 11 July 2019. F01167).

2016 - article / video presentation

Butkus, Paul. (19 March 2016). The famed Wilcox mansion and its demise. [On the mansion owned by Jedediah Wilcox and later Charles Parker, with video lecture by Brian Cofrancesco.]


n. d.

n. d. - PGCA Forums

(Undated). Parker Gun Collectors Association Forums. [An important source to see scans of excerpted bits of primary source documentation contributed by various forum members, especially guns, vises, and sometimes other Parker Co. documentation.]

n. d. - Price lists

Parker Brothers. (undated). Price lists for the Parker Gun, manufactured by Parker Bros., Meriden, Connecticut. (2 price lists). (Updated 4 May 2017. A01078.)

n. d. - design catalogue reprint

Parker Brothers. (undated) The Parker breech-loading double-barreled shot gun [reprint]. 12 pp. (Viewed 19 August 2018. L00626).

n. d. - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (undated). The Parker Shot Gun. 40 pp. (Viewed 20 July 2016. AAA00032-30.)

  • Offline - University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 15.

n. d. - design catalogue

Parker Brothers. (undated). [Catalog] of the celebrated Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot gun. Number of pages unknown. (Viewed 2 June 2016. C00001-20.)

  • Offline - Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, call no. 974.62 M651pb #2.


Footnotes:
[1] The year "1889" is not clearly legible in the online copy.

[2-44] See catalogue list in: Baer, Larry L. (c. 1974-76). The Parker gun: An immortal American classic, pp. 41-2. Beinfeld Pub. Co.: North Hollywood, CA. Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, call no. TS536 .P38 1998 (link to library entry). (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Updated 4 May 2017. [AAA00039] [DM]