Remington 32951 and Parkhurst 2581, only numbers I have found. How do I trace history on these? Give me some direction and I will try not to waste anyone's time here in the forum.
Thanks very much...Roger in Lakeland, [email protected]
Here's everything we have found on Parkhurst's in prior searches : From the Archives, Parkhurst shotguns were made in England by J.P. Clabrough & Brothers., and in Belgium by Simonis, Janssen & Dumoulin. After 1906 they were all made in Belgium(I thought S,J,&D closed up in 1905, ofcourse maybe someone else took over the name or name contract).
It sounds like one of the relatively common guns imported by Sears (and anyone else who ordered a bunch could get their trade name marked on them).Generally considered to be wallhangers, most are of doubtful safety to use with modern ammo unless checked by a competent gunsmith.
There was also a Wm Parkhurst who made percussion guns in New Hampshire in the later part of the 1800's maybe he was the vendors of these guns....
I saw one reference where the chambers are 2 5/8ths which wouldn't lend themselves to modern ammo very well.
Most all the sources say lower value, saw on for sale as a wall hanger for $50, most were $200-$300 but one enterprising fellow had one listed for $2400. Butterfields Auction House had one listed expected it to bring 400 - 800 (pounds Sterling??)
On the Remington, you might find the one you speak of in our Archives, or at Remington's site in their History pages. If not ,describe it and we can find info from several other sources.
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