Parker Brothers guns - designs in collections, at auction, in expositions, design catalogues and historical information (2016)

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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.


A. Parker gun designs in collections (by year)


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1860s

c. 1861 - musket

Parker Snow & Company. (c. 1861). Musket, .58-caliber, breech-loading conversion. Object no. H 10837. Viewed 30 June 2018. A03031).

1863 - rifle

Parker, Snow & Co. (1863). Rifle. Steel, wood. (Accession no. 42.1063. Viewed 11 June 2017. A02687.)

c. 1865 - musket

Parker Snow & Company. (c. 1865). Musket, breech-loading, .58-caliber. (Object no. H 10828. Viewed 30 June 2018. A03030).

1866 - breech loading, double barrel shotgun

Parker Bros. (1866). Breech loading, double barrel shotgun. (Cat. no. 7570-3. Viewed 11 July 2018. G02564-65).

1866 - double-barrel shotgun

Parker Bros. (1866). Shotgun, double-barrel. (Viewed 30 June 2018). (Object no. H 84390. Viewed 30 June 2018. A03016).


1870s

1875 - double-barreled shotgun

Parker Brothers. (1875). Double-barreled shotgun. (Object no. SJF.03112. Viewed 5 August 2017. A02802.)

1875-85 - double-barreled shotgun

Parker Brothers. (1875-85). 12-gauge, double barrel, breech-loading shotgun. (Object ID no. MC.PROP.116. Viewed 5 August 2018. H00341).

patented 1878 - double-barreled shotgun

Parker Brothers. (patented 1878). Double-barreled shotgun. (Viewed 16 July 2018. G02790-91).


1880s

1885-90 - double-barreled, 10 gauge shotgun

Parker Brothers. (1885-90). Double-barreled, 10 gauge shotgun, serial number, 32820. Steel, walnut. (Cat. no. 91.0004.0001. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02393).

1880s - breech loading, double barrel shotgun

Parker Bros. (1880s). Breech loading, double barrel shotgun. (Cat. no. 8241-642. Viewed 11 July 2018. G02566-67).


1910s

1915 - VH grade sawed off shotgun

Parker Brothers. (1915). Parker VH grade sawed off shotgun (double trigger, double barreled, side by side 20 gauge shotgun). (Object no. 1996.241.4. Viewed 29 June 2018. A03014).


1920s

c. 1925 - 20 gauge double barreled shotgun

Parker Brothers. (c. 1925). 20 gauge double barreled shotgun. Steel (alloy), wood. (Accession no. 72.146.72. Viewed 24 May 2016. B00201.)


n. d.

n. d. - shot measure

Parker Bros. (undated). Shot measure. Brass. (Object no. 1934.139.10. Viewed 11 July 2018. G02549).

n. d. - press, cartridge case

Parker Brothers. (undated). Press, cartridge case. Wood, metal. (Cat. no. A-2138-009 ab. Viewed 4 September 2017. G00155.)

n. d. - double barrel shotgun

Parker Brothers. (undated). Double barrel shotgun. (Object ID no. 1989.16.1. Viewed 12 July 2018. G02642).

n. d. - powder measure

Parker Bros. (undated). Powder measure. (Cat. no. 19-84. Viewed 8 July 2018. G02392).


B. Parker gun designs at leading auction houses


1860s

c. 1866 - rifle

Parker, Snow & Co. (c. 1866). Rifle. (Viewed 20 July 2016. A01068.)


1920s

c. 1926 - two guns

Parker Brothers. (c. 1926). 20-gauge and 16-gauge A1 special single trigger ejector guns. Gold inlay and other materials. (Viewed 24 May 2016. D00147.)


C. Parker gun designs in expositions


1860s

1869 - exhibition

1869 (specific dates unknown). American Institute fair, New York.

See: (1870). Thirtieth annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1869-70. [Exhibitors include "Parker Brothers, West Meriden, Conn., [award] for power presses. First media and diploma" and award "for shot guns. First media and diploma", (p. 39, 50).] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92.)

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Parker Brothers.


1870s

10 May - 10 November 1876. Centennial International Exhibition, Philadelphia.

See: (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). List of awards made by the United States Centennial Commission to the American Exhibitors, International Exhibition, 1876, at Philadelphia. [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.)


1880s

1 October 1880 - 30 April 1881. Melbourne International Exhibition 1880, Australia.

See: (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. [American exhibits, including Parker Brothers (Class 40.— Portable Weapons, and Hunting and Shooting Equipments) (p. 236). (Viewed 28 June 2016. A00997-1000.)

1881 - Meriden Town Hall exhibition

20-23 September 1881. Meriden Town Hall display, Connecticut State Fair, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Parker Bros.

  • For documentation, see documentation section below.

1884 - Parker Bros. in Meriden Town Hall, CT State Fair

16-19 September 1884. Meriden Town Hall display, Connecticut State Fair, Meriden, CT.

> Exhibited by Parker Bros., "a fine case of their famous shotguns of the latest and most improved style".

  • For documentation, see documentation section below.

1889 - Parker Bros. in Meriden opera house exhibition

10 October 1889. Exposition at Delavan Opera House, Meriden, on the occasion of the visit of the International American Congress.

> Exhibited Parker Bros., , 30 breechloading guns.

See: (10 October 1889). Americans in Meriden: Visit of the International American Congress [including small section on Parker Bros. exhibited guns]. Meriden Daily Republican, pp. 1-2. (Viewed 9 September 2018. L00751-59). (Also see 1889 mentions below.)

"[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.)



1890s

1 May - 30 October 1893. World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago.

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

Also see: (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.)

13-18 May 1895. First Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition, Madison Square Garden, New York City.

See: (10 April 1895). Exposition advertisement. [Exhibitor: Parker Bros. & Co.] In Hardware, v. 11, p. 92. (Viewed 30 April 2017. A02334; A02336.)

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


1970s

c. September 1973. Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA. (Viewed 23 October 2016. AAA00375-77.)


D. 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 18 October 2017.)

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.)

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 fair

(1870). Thirtieth annual report of the American Institute, of the City of New York, for the year 1869-70. [Exhibition dates unknown; exhibitors include "Parker Brothers, West Meriden, Conn., [award] for power presses. First media and diploma" and award "for shot guns. First media and diploma", (p. 39, 50).] Albany: The Argus Company, Printers. (Viewed 4 June 2017. A02589-92.)

> Exhibited unspecified designs by Parker Brothers.

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.)


1870s

1870 - design catalogue

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 - 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 - 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).



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? - 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 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 - 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 - 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 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 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 - advertisement

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

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]

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]


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 - 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 - 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]


1883 advertisements

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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".


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).

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]

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 - 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).

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.)


1890s

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 - 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).

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.)

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 - six advertisements

Parker Bros. (October-December 1894). Advertisements: "... The Parker Gun..." Hardware. (Viewed 21 September 2017. G00545; G00550; G00561; G00569; G00576; G00586.)

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]

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 - 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 - 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 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

(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.)



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 - 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]

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]

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 - 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.)

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.)


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]

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]

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]

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 - Charles Parker Co. 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, c. September 1973.] (Viewed 23 October 2016. AAA00375-77.)


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.)

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.)

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]