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Gary Laudermilch 03-07-2019 11:14 AM

There is a topic "Mans Best Friend". Post pictures there so we all can see. There are a bunch of setter guys here that would love to see them.

Dave Noreen 03-07-2019 12:49 PM

That hinge pin slot was out of time when the gun was pictured back in 1976.

Bill Mullins 03-08-2019 08:07 PM

The late Jim Parker owned the Fleischman 20 gauge two barrel set serial number 231774. It was auctioned by James Julia Company on October 6, 2005 along with all of his Parker collection.
Herschel Chadick originally acquired and owned the 28 gauge and sold it to a major Parker collector in the mid-west. It was featured, along with several other A1Specials in The Double Gun Journal, Volume 18, Issue 3, Autumn 2007, in an article “Parkers At The End Of The Rainbow”. All of those A1Specials were susbsequently sold to another major collector in Texas. 😊

Dave Noreen 03-08-2019 10:01 PM

Hard to swallow Herschel's caption "The gun is an all original Parker with a hinged front trigger." Is there a letter on this gun out there?

Mills Morrison 03-08-2019 10:10 PM

If I remember right, the Fleischman 20 gauge A 1 special was butchered at some point. Larry Baer said that, I think. Too bad, if true

Dean Romig 03-09-2019 12:16 AM

I don't remember anything about it being butchered prior to the Julia auction... "severely used" might better have described it then.

It was subsequently 'restored' and the next time it went to auction it brought a very significantly lower price.


Dave Noreen 03-09-2019 11:54 AM

Larry's text with the 28-gauge A1 Special 234200 is "The mate to this gun (not shown) was a 20 ga. It was hideously ruined by an attempt to add gold inlays to the original engraving, and even worse was an attempt to remove the inlays and re-engrave the sides of the action. The result was the total ruination of a very precious original A-1 20 ga. gun."

Larry makes no mention of a Fleischman connection for either the 28-gauge he pictures or the 20-gauge he discusses.

Mills Morrison 03-09-2019 11:58 AM

Yep. That is what I remember

Dave Noreen 03-09-2019 01:30 PM

Dave Noreen 03-09-2019 01:54 PM

The text from the Julia's Auction of the Max Fleischman 20-gauge --

*ULTRA-RARE GOLD INLAID IDENTIFIED PARKER A1 SPECIAL 2 BBL SET DBL BBL SHOTGUN. Cal. 20 ga. SN 231774. Built on an “O” frame and known as the “Fleischman Parker”. This fabulous little shotgun has 32″ bbls choked FULL/FULL and 28″ bbls choked IMP-CYL/IMP-MOD. Both are marked “PEERLESS STEEL” and have tapered matted ribs, dbl ivory beads, doll’s head extensions, ejectors and it is fitted with dbl triggers. Receiver, trigger guard & top tang are fabulously engraved with nine gold inlays consisting of two flying geese on the left side, two flying pheasant on the right side, a cluster of five flower blossoms on the front end of the receiver & a spray of leaves & blossoms on the floorplate. Trigger guard has five gold blossoms. Serial number is in large gold letters at the end of the trigger guard & the top tang has a large “S” in gold. It is all surrounded by full coverage very fine tight arabesque patterns and the fences have three raised scallops around the back edge. Opening lever, top tang and forend iron are all engraved to match. Engraving extends 2-1/4″ up over the chambers on both sets of bbls. It is mounted in a spectacular, streaky marble cake, French walnut buttstock with wonderfully covered fleur-de-lis checkered raised side panels with pistol grip, 14-1/8″ over an old leather faced pad. Grip cap is inlaid with a gold-plate engraved “Max C. Fleischman” with some light arabesque patterns. Bbl forearm lugs are marked “1” and “2” with corresponding numbers on the forend irons.
Among Mr. Parker’s related correspondence is a letter dated Dec. 15, 2000 to Mr. Neal Hermsen of Lewisville, NC, wherein he requests that Mr. Hermsen fit “the 32″ bbls” to the gun and that he wanted the same serial number on each set. Apparently the 32″ bbls were originally numbered “212863” and were for a Grade 6 gun but had already been upgrade engraved to Grade 8. Also included is a repair order dated 12-15-2000 with shipping label to Mr. Hermsen listing this shotgun and the extra bbls. On another billhead dated 12-20-2000 is a note stating that the bbls have been received and that they were actually Grade 8, that they should be restored and refinish the wood. Another billhead to Mr. Hermsen dated 7-25-2001 mentions the bbls fitting and to refinish both bbls at a cost of $3,000.00. In addition there is a hand written noted dated 11-12-2001 instructing Mr. Hermsen to replace all of the inlays. And lastly, there is an invoice dated 11-30-99 from James W. King of Albany, Georgia to Mr. Parker selling him this shotgun in the amount of $42,500.00. There is a note, apparently in Mr. Parker’s handwriting that states “Came from Little John Auction.”

Anyone have the Little John catalog with this 20-gauge A1 Special?

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