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Unread 03-12-2018, 07:33 AM   #11
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Just guessing, but the idea of engraving something for a gift is a great idea as a memento. Most of these guns were bought in era to be used by the buyer and not by alot of prestigious folks that maybe monogrammed things is my guess. The fact that Parker put a place to monogram and low percentage of guns that actually has an engraved badge sort of speaks to this, especially for the lower grade guns. Maybe the higher grade bespoke guns have more monogramming?

I'm sort of indifferent to it, as to creating value that really depends could help, could hurt. But if you own the gun and it makes you happy have an initial(s) on it, go for it who cares. I guess real question is a personal issue, would you pay more or less for a gun monogrammed for or by some Joe Blob regular fella? It sort of like reincarnation idea. When someone says they are reincarnated its always someone famous and not some regular guy (Crash Davis, Bull Durham)

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This shield is on my father’s 1915 DHE; 12-gauge; 28-inch barreled 1 ˝ -frame. It appears to be engraved “S.F.”.

I would really like to know who S.F. was. For me, this enduring personalization is an enhancement. (I have no idea what it does to extrinsic, or resale, value.)

At least I asked my father before be passed away from whom he acquired all four of his Parkers. This gun was bought from his hunting and fishing buddy, a local sporting goods retailer, who would likely have been a receiver of guns no longer used by their original owners or their families. I checked with his son, and there are no extant shop records for Macone Sporting Goods, of Concord, Massachusetts.

The research letter just says it was ordered by Boston retailer William Reed & Sons in 1916.

Maybe the local gun clubs have a comprehensive list of their members I could examine...one last implausible shot at determining attribution.
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Unless it was going to be my “forever” fun I wouldn’t do it. I suppose it might be able to be “aged” but ...

Finding an old gun with engraving is another story. I think it is a nice tie to the history of the fun. Below is a photo of the shield on one of my Hussey’s. I believe is is the Gilmore family crest. The motto translates to “It shall be given to those who persevere.”
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But what if you did it now on a 100 year old gun, where the badge has been untouched for that long. Interesting idea. For me it would be no sweat if just engraved first letter of last name in same style "P". In my case it would be just a push, now if my man Mark slaps an R on there, well then maybe gun doubles in value, but only if he sells his Orvis snake boots with the gun.
It is Prime Time rattler season here. This past Sunday, I pulled on the ‘ol gokeys to clean up a particularly “snakey” looking woodpile at the house. Afterwards, while enjoying a celebratory beverage, and tossing the ball for the boys, I thought of you Todd, so I took a snap of your “favorite” boots!! Enjoy!!
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I have a few Parkers with engraved ovals - the first is Rear Admiral Thomas Perry's DH Damascus 20ga. after Abe Chaber refinished the wood and added a leather covered pad. - The second is Jessie Alvord Bishop's little 28 ga. DHE - and the third is a Remington DHE 20 ga. and I don't know who S.S. is/was. Then there is Jessie Bishop's again and Adm. Thos. Perry's (before refinishing) and Jessie Bushop's together. I'm still looking for the picture of Katherine H. Romig's 28 ga. Repro PG, BTFE, DT, Q1 & Q2 engraved oval.


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It is Prime Time rattler season here. This past Sunday, I pulled on the ‘ol gokeys to clean up a particularly “snakey” looking woodpile at the house. Afterwards, while enjoying a celebratory beverage, and tossing the ball for the boys, I thought of you Todd, so I took a snap of your “favorite” boots!! Enjoy!!
Love it. Though will have to say those dang boots look drier than my Grandaddy's scalp, and he has been dead and buried for close to 20 years. Man those are some tough boots. Maybe next year they will get good and broken in

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I have a few Parkers with engraved ovals - the first is Rear Admiral Thomas Perry's DH Damascus 20ga. after Abe Chaber refinished the wood and added a leather covered pad. - The second is Jessie Alvord Bishop's little 28 ga. DHE - and the third is a Remington DHE 20 ga. and I don't know who S.S. is/was. Then there is Jessie Bishop's again and Adm. Thos. Perry's (before refinishing) and Jessie Bushop's together. I'm still looking for the picture of Katherine H. Romig's 28 ga. Repro PG, BTFE, DT, Q1 & Q2 engraved oval.


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Those are nice. One of these days when in the market for damascus gun Im going to have remember that gun engraved with a TP and inquire about it.

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I recently acquired VH 118995 a 12 gauge with factory 24” barrels. Besides being the earliest known example of only two made it also has the distinction of being one of the last guns Brad Bachelder ever worked on. Brad and his crew restored the gun to as new condition in every respect. I had Geoffrey Gournet engrave the shield. Barring disaster it will travel through time and will age appropriately with the rest of the gun.
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Those are nice. One of these days when in the market for damascus gun Im going to have remember that gun engraved with a TP and inquire about it.

It is a very handy fair-weather grouse and woodcock gun - light, agile and pretty. A great little companion on long walks.





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Never heard of someone not buying or buying a gun because the oval was engraved. I have a couple of Parkers with engraved ovals and I love them wished I knew the men who once owned the guns and we could talk guns, birds and dogs.
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