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Unread 08-05-2019, 02:33 PM   #1
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After reading Steve Cambria’s excellent article in the DGJ I thought I’d post some information about my Grade 3 10 gauge ordered by Mr duBray in 1886 while he was stationed in Walla Walla. I found it at the 2018 Southern at a vendor set up next to the Fox Collectors. I had no idea it was a duBray gun until I received Chucks letter, posted here. What caught my eye was the rib. It isn’t a matted rib like I’m used to seeing on Parkers, it’s something else. I’ve shown this gun to a number of Parker collectors and no one has ever seen this type of file-cut rib on a Parker. The letter confirms this with the notation referencing “chase rib” in the letter. If anyone has seen this type of rib matting I’d like to hear from you. Thanks
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Unread 08-05-2019, 02:40 PM   #2
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I have seen this gun personally and the rib matting is truly impressive. It is the only example of this style of matting that I have ever seen personally. It is more of a very fine knurling on the whole surface of the rib.
This was a sort of transitional operation that was used to matte ribs before Parker used their typical cut method of matting the ribs.

I am sure not many guns were made with that type of matting on them.
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I’ll add that it’s a #4 frame.
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Sounds like a duck gun, more pictures please. Thanks Craig
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Never seen anything like that before, it sure looks real nice in the picture. To my eye it even matches the Damascus pattern somewhat. Congrats on a great find.
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Here is a photo i had of it.

This is the makers mark. The matting is so fine you can hardly see it.
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This view across the side of the rib shows the fine marking.
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You posted somewhere a few weeks ago about this gun and when I talked to Patton after that he told me it was very nice !

He didn't quite do it justice
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Beautiful rib. First one I've seen.
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I understand we are discussing Ed's spectacular rib, but FWIW Brian's image show that the top rib extension is an untwisted laminate, while the rib is (likely) the same 3 iron D3 crolle as the barrel tubes; ground at a different angle.


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