Parker gun designs in collections, at auction and in expositions (2016)

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A. Parker gun designs in collections

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Parker Brothers. (c. 1925). 20 gauge double barreled shotgun. Steel (alloy), wood. Length:43.25 in. Accession no. 72.146.72. The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI. Viewed 24 May 2016. [B00201]

B. Parker gun designs at leading auction houses

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Parker, Snow & Co. (c. 1866). Rifle. (L) 38 3/4. Bonhams San Francisco - Antique arms & armour and modern sporting guns (8 JUN 2015). Viewed 20 July 2016. [A01068]

parker brothers guns

Parker Brothers. (c. 1926). 20-gauge and 16-gauge A1 special single trigger ejector guns. Gold inlay and other materials. Christie’s New York - Fine antique firearms, swords and Civil War memorabilia (10 JUL 2000). Viewed 24 May 2016. [D00147]

B. Parker gun designs in expositions

parker brothers guns

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

parker brothers guns

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

parker brothers guns

1893, 1 May - 30 October
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. Courtesy North Central College, Naperville, IL. 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]

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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]

parker brothers guns

1876, 10 May - 10 November
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. Courtesy University of Connecticut Libraries. 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. Courtesy The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Viewed 16 June 2016. [A00841-42]

parker brothers guns

(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. Courtesy University of Toronto. Viewed 4 June 2017. [A02589-92]

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On Parker guns - 3: designs in collections, expositions, etc. | 4: design catalogues, other historical information, etc.

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