The best is to talk to knowledgeable Parker Collectors whenever
and where ever you can. Look at every Parker you find, go to auctions and
preview the guns, look them over closely and try to guess the selling price
based on your observations. Compare your guess with the actual selling
price and then evaluate why they may not be as close as you would expect.
The next best method is to read
some of the books that are devoted to Parker Guns and
their history. The following are some of the most
PARKER - AMERICA'S
FINEST SHOTGUN, by Peter
H. Johnson. Published by Bonanza Books, New York in
1961. 260 pages. 5" x 8". An early, but
comprehensive history of a company acquired by Remington
in 1934. This was the first publication devoted
exclusively to The Parker Shotgun and is credited with
starting the popular interest in collecting Parker
Peter Johnson obtained most of his
information from mail interviews with former Parker
employees. Time may have faded some memories, but the
information is first hand, and no longer recoverable.
Johnson also researched some unusual sources, including
customs records in the Library of Congress.
While later works provide some very solid information,
Johnson's book provided the insight to looking for that
information. You will gain more facts reading more
recent publications; but Johnson will provide the
background essential to interpreting those facts.
THE PARKER STORY,
by Louis Parker III, Charles Price, William Mullins, Roy
Gunther and Daniel Cote. Two volumes. 9" x
12". An epic work, never to be equaled. Magnificent
color and black & white photographs and
** This two volume set
is becoming the Bible for Parker collectors.
THE PARKER GUN,
by Larry Baer. Covers in detail, production of all
models on this classic gun. Many fine specimens from
great collections are illustrated. 195 pages,
illustrated with B & W and Color photos
PARKER GUNS - THE OLD
RELIABLE, 2nd Edition, by
Ed Muderlak. Published by Safari Press, Long Beach, CA in
1997. 270 pages. 8.5" x 11". Excellent reference
source with clear black & white and color photographs.
KNIGHT of the
TRIGGER, by Ed Muderlak.
tells the story of the Old West when Parker's most
famous gun salesman traveled the country by rail,
competing in the pigeon ring, hunting with the rich and
famous, and selling the "Old Reliable" Parker
shotgun. The life and times of Captain Arthur William du
Bray, Parker Brothers' on-the-road sales agent from 1884
to 1926, is described in a novelized version of his
||PARKER GUN –
SHOOTING FLYING and the AMERICAN EXPERANCE,
by Ed Muderlak. His second book devoted to the Parker
gun is richly illustrated with 500 photographs, 300 of
them being color, plus a fine selection of historic
black and white photos and a wealth of 19th-century
prints and advertisements. This volume explains the
evolution of sport hunting with a shotgun and how Parker
guns fit into the picture.
IDENTIFICATION & SERIALIZATION, by Charles
E. Price and S. P. Fjestad. Published by Blue Book
Publishing, Minneapolis, MN in 2002. 605 pages.
8.5" x 11". Brief, illustrated model
descriptions and vast list of serial numbers with
information "as shipped from the factory."
Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly - Shotguns, by
J.B. Wood. 592 pages, about 11" x 8",
glossy soft-cover in full color. New book printed by Gun
Digest. Fully Illustrated. 59 popular shotguns with over