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Unread 11-11-2018, 11:48 PM   #1
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I’m looking into purchasing an A grade that appears to be an all original gun but could use some work. It needs re-stocking and the screws need to be replaced as they’re pretty buggered. Will be taking the gun to my smith for further evaluation and condition of the barrels/bores. However, they look clean; no visible pitting. Any opinions related to the restoration work and/or recommendations related to who may do the work should I ‘pull the trigger’ on this one would be greatly appreciated. Seems an interesting gun to me. That said I’m not too familiar. Appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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Gotta be one of a kind engraving.Would love to see it in person.
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I'd sure like to see a letter on that one.
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Iíve sent in a request. In any case, it will help me and the current owner understand more about its provenance.
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An extremely unusual Parker in so many respects.

Engraved wedges like that on Damascus barrels is only the second example I have ever seen.

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that grip cap may well have been done by Parker on special order. Are those letters “CSA”?

The relief engraving is also highly unusual and while we have seen others with similar engraving they are very few.

If you’re thinking it needs restocking because of that fractured wrist, think again.
If no pieces are missing, an artist like David Trevallion or Brian Board should be consulted. It could be saved and the repair made both strong and invisible - and you would maintain the originality of the gun.





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I agree with Dean, explore a repair before you commit to a restock.
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It appears you are looking at a AAH grade gun rather than a AH grade.
A 7 is stamped on the barrel flats and barrel beading is that of a AA grade. Trigger guard piercing also normally just seen on grade 7 & 8 grades.
Keep it ALL original as much as possible! 🤗😊
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Mr. Barrette:
There has GOT to be a great story behind this gun! Please do NOT restock it. Have the existing wood repaired. The craftsmen already mentioned are superb. So is the Brad Bachelder shop.

The history and story behind the original owner of this Parker will certainly be well worth the effort. It's history, just waiting to be discovered!
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Lots of good advice here. I will add that IF you restock it, keep the old stock with it
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