Need help on this one:
I was given the task of selling a shotgun for a female friend of mine, and since I am more of a military firearms collector, I need help on value. This shotgun was handed down to her and she now wants to sell it.
Here is what I do know: Based on the serial number, it is a 1921 Parker Bros. 12 gauge side by side, VH grade, #2 Frame, 30 inch Vulcan steel barrels, M/F, with original Parker medallion on the pistolgrip, and with a Pachmayr recoil pad which is not obviously original. This shotgun was apparently professionally refinished by someone over the years and is in super excellent condition. The bluing is 100%, the wood is 100%, the receiver is polished however all metal engraving is sharp and intact, which confuses me because based on my limited research I believe that all Parkers had casehardened receivers. The inside of the receiver does have traces of case colors but the exterior is brightly polished and frankly looks stunning, if not original. Whoever refinished it did a superb job as the gun looks new. The wood to metal fit is as original and tight, the checkering is sharp, and the wood does not appear to have been refinished at all.
If I were a bird hunter, or shotgun collector, I would buy this one on looks alone and would have no problem taking it in the field or to the range for clay practice. I gave up bird hunting over twenty years ago and have no need for it.
I would appreciate any input as to value. I have photos I should probably post and but can also email. My email is email@example.com