Repairs to Parkers, if done by the factory
or by a skilled craftsman can be impossible to identify through
the closest of inspections.
Parker guns sent back to Parker Bros. for
repair can in some cases be verified.
The company repair records were kept in order books.
Some repair records
are intertwined in the order books that recorded both repair
orders and sales of guns. Some repair records were kept in
"order books" that were posted only with repairs. Regardless,
the order books are consecutive by date and book number.
The use of order books was discontinued in 1919;
except for one book (order book #101 which covered the period
from 1919 to 1934). Order
book #101 is a book that included very few gun sales or repairs
but mostly covers financial transactions and returns from dealers
in anticipation of the Remington takeover. All the order books
entries are in the PGCA database of serial numbers and their
entries are reflected in PGCA research letters.
Unfortunately, a few of the Parker order
books have been lost and therefore some repairs cannot be
If a Parker was returned for repair after
the company was taken over by Remington, there will be a
Remington repair code stamped on the water table of the receiver.
These codes are a
sequence of alpha characters which will decode to the month and
year in which the repair was made.
Unfortunately, these codes make no reference to the type
repair that was made to the gun.