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Old May 23, 2010, 08:53 PM   #1
randallsolomon
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ID London Parker Caplock Shotgon

My father just dug out of his closet an old shotgun that looks like a caplock. I'm wondering if I can get some help identifying it and figuring our if it is worth restoring.

The stock says "Parker" on both sides. Those are the only stock markings.

On top of the barrel it says "London".

There are some Proofmarks on the barrel:

The crossed pikes and crown, with the b p c mark which is "1868-1925 Birmingham definitive black powder proof for shotguns" shown here:

https://store.bluebookinc.com/Info/P...Proofmarks.pdf

And also this one which is the crown and crossed pikes with a v, "Birmingham
gun makers view mark 1813-1904" shown here:

http://www.dave-cushman.net/shot/proofmarks.html

Also there is a 44, and the letters R H between the two proof marks.

The stock looks to be a nice walnut.

Any ideas? Help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

- Randy Solomon
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Old May 26, 2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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It was most likely made by a now unknown Belgian gunmaker, and sent or transported to England - ergo, proofmarks from both countries.

There ARE T.Parker, or Thomas Parker Belgian guns, made for English sale by Henri Pieper - but most gunmakers leave their mark permanently in the metal, and not in the more fleeting wood.

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Old May 28, 2010, 02:07 AM   #3
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thanks

Petah,

There are no Belgian marks. Both proof marks are English. And the name Parker is in the metal part of the stock.

Does that change anything?

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Old May 28, 2010, 12:41 PM   #4
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Please post some clear pics.

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