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


Double-barreled shotgun

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


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.)

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Press, cartridge case

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

B. Parker gun designs at leading auction houses



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


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


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.)


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.)


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.)


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.)


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

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