Parker guns design catalogues and other historical documentation (2016)

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Parker guns design catalogues, other historical information and key secondary sources

Introduction, c. 1893:

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. (1893). "Parker Hammer and Hammerless Shot Gun" (page 212). In Town and city atlas of the State of Connecticut. Compiled from government surveys, county records and personal investigations. (Also, see the illustration for "The Parker Gun Works" in the book.) Boston, MA; 223 pp. Courtesy University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, call no. G1240 .H8 1893. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00749-51]



A. Parker guns design catalogues

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1869). The Parker breech loading double barreled shotgun. 16 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. [2] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1872?). [Catalog] of the celebrated Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot gun. 34 pp. ("Cut on title page, cover, etc.") Connecticut Historical Society call no. 974.62 M651pb [1872?] – offline. Viewed 2 June 2016. [C00014-19]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (c. 1874). [Catalog] of the celebrated Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot gun. 26 pp. ("Has reduced price list for May 1874"). Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT, call no. 974.62 M651pb [1874] – offline. Viewed 2 June 2016. [C00014-20].

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

Parker Brothers. (1881). The Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot-gun. 48 pp. Connecticut Historical Society call no. 683.426 P244c, 1881. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01074]

parker and whipple

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

parker and whipple

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. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) (Copy in Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library offline.) Viewed 3 August 2016. [AAA00049].

parker brothers

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

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

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Parker Brothers. (1889). The Parker Shot Gun (Gun description and price list). (“Parker Hammerless”). 2 pp. University of California Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 15 - offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-32]

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

parker brothers

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. [10] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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. [12] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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. [15] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1918). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1919). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1922). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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. [21] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1929). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1930, January 1). Parker guns. 32 pp. No copy in a public library known to exist. [25] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1931). Parker guns (catalogue). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1931). Parker guns (price list). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1932). Parker guns (price list). Number of pages unknown. Hagley Museum and Library, Delaware, item ID 08061154. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01067]

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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. [34] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

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. [41] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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. [42] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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. [43] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

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. [44] Viewed 24 July 2016. [AAA00039]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (1955?). The Parker double-barrel, breech-loading, hammerless and top-action shot guns. Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, call no. Trade catalog Parker. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01077]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (undated). Price lists for the Parker Gun, manufactured by Parker Bros., Meriden, Connecticut. (2 price lists). Historic New England organization reference code EP001.01.043.01.01.008. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01078]

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (undated). The Parker Shot Gun. 40 pp. University of California, Santa Barbara, Special Coll., Romaine Trade Catalogs, Box 2, Folder 15 – offline. Viewed 20 July 2016. [AAA00032-30].

parker brothers

Parker Brothers. (undated). [Catalog] of the celebrated Parker breech-loading, double-barreled shot gun. Number of pages unknown. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, CT, call no. 974.62 M651pb #2 - offline. Viewed 2 June 2016. [C00001-20].



B. Parker guns - other historical documentation

parker brothers

(Various years). Various advertisements and newspaper articles - search engines. See: Chronicling America at Library of Congress; fultonhistory.com (over 35 million historical newspaper pages from USA and Canada); and Google News. Viewed 16 October 2016.

parker brothers

Bishop, J. Leander. (1868). "Manufactures in Meriden" (Includes 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. Courtesy of University of Michigan. Viewed 15 June 2016. [A00816-18]

parker brothers

Davis, Charles Henry Stanley. (1870). "Guns & Hardware" 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. Courtesy University of California Libaries. Meriden: Published by the author. Viewed 17 November 2016. [A00793-94]

parker brothers

Parker Bros. (1872-75; 1876-77). The rod and gun and American sportsman (magazine). Vol 2-5, 9. Connecticut Historical Society call no. FOLIO 799.05 R685r. Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01075]

parker brothers

(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. Courtesy Yale University. Viewed 21 November 2016. [A01026; AAA00008]

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. Courtesy University of California, Berkeley. Viewed 2 June 2016. [A00746-48] For more historical accounts, see Meriden-area history books online.)

parker brothers

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".) New York State Library historical document inventory (NIC)NYHK429-690-0001. Viewed 3 August 2016. [A01136]

parker brothers

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. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

parker brothers

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. Courtesy Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN Viewed 19 November 2016. [A00791-92]

parker brothers

(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. Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 2 July 2016. [A01020-21] (For more maps, see the historical Meriden maps online webpage.)

parker brothers

Charles Parker Co. (c. 1945). An account of the past and the present activities of the Charles Parker Company and the Bradley & Hubbard Division. 28 pp. unnumbered. Meriden, CT. New York Historical Society call no TS400 .C53 1945. Viewed 29 April 2016. (Copy in the offline Design Meriden / artdesigncafe library.) [A00480; AAA00015]



C. Charles Parker Company - key secondary sources

parker brothers

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

parker brothers

Johnson, Peter H. (1961). Parker: America’s finest shotgun. 260 pp. Stackpole Co: Harrisburg, PA. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 JO. Viewed 13 May 2016. [A00652]

parker brothers

Baer, Larry L. (c. 1974-6). The Parker gun: An immortal American classic. Beinfeld Pub. Co.: North Hollywood, CA. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 BA V.1 / Durham (CT Public Library call no. 683.4 BAE. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 13 May 2016. [A00651]

parker brothers

Vumbaco, Brenda J. (1988). On Charles Parker and Charles Parker Company, [p. 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. Yale University call no. F104 M5 V85 1988 (LC)+ Oversize. (See worldcat.org for more locations.) Viewed 29 November 2016. [A00804]

parker brothers

Muderlak, Ed. (1997). Parker guns, the old reliable. 270 pp. Huntington Beach, CA. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 MU. Viewed 13 May 2016. [A00653]

parker brothers

(c. 1998-2000). The Parker story. The Parker Story Joint Venture Group. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA V. 1 & V.2. (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 13 May 2016. [A00650]

parker brothers

Price, Charles E. (c. 2002). Parker gun: identification and serialization. 608 pp. Blue Book Publications: Minneapolis. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 PA. (Also see worldcat.org for other locations). Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01079]

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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.] Design Meriden at artdesigncafe.com, 1(1).


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. Meriden Public Library call no. R 683.4 BA V.1 (See worldcat.org for other locations.) Viewed 13 May 2016. [AAA00039]



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