A1 Particular Brings Hearty Worth

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Images courtesy of James D. Julia Auctioneers

The 20-gauge Parker A1 Particular featured at James D. Julia’s spring sale didn’t deliver the best value ever for a Parker shotgun bought at public sale—however it got here shut.

In 2007 Julia’s auctioned the A1 Particular ordered for Czar Nicholas II for $287,500, together with the customer’s fee. Adorned with rose & scroll, the “Czar’s Parker” price lower than $400 to fabricate round 1917, when the gun would have been delivered to Czar Nicholas II had he not been killed within the Russian Revolution. The gun had disappeared and grow to be the stuff of thriller till it surfaced at Julia’s.

At this previous April’s public sale a 20-bore A1 Particular—one among 11 recognized to be constructed within the gauge—equally surfaced. With high quality scroll engraving, gold inlay and a presale estimate of $125,000 to $200,000, the Parker grew to become the article of intense bidding that reached a jaw-dropping $253,000.

“Really nice, uncommon and great gadgets—whether or not firearms, Tiffany lamps or historic gadgets—nonetheless deliver robust curiosity and powerful costs from probably the most superior collectors,” stated Jim Julia, president and auctioneer of James D. Julia. “The Parker A1 20-gauge is a wonderful instance of that. It got here straight out of the woodwork and was completely untouched. We had been enthusiastic about it from the second we acquired it and now are excited in regards to the value that it introduced.

“That is not the heady market we lived via from 2005 to 2008. At the moment it was most undoubtedly a vendor’s market. Right now it’s extra of a purchaser’s market, with the uncommon exception of really extraordinary gadgets such because the Parker A1 20-gauge.”


The gun was supplied with its unique leg o’ mutton case and a letter from the Parker Gun Collectors Affiliation stating that the gun matched unique manufacturing facility specs from its completion in 1930. The gun options an computerized security and gold-plated double triggers with checkered finger blades. The entrance set off is articulated, a uncommon characteristic on Parkers. On the left aspect of the receiver a pheasant flies over a rail fence; on the precise a woodcock flits over conifers. The motion backside has extra profuse scroll, and the triggerplate has a gold-inlaid vignette of a ruffed grouse hovering over treetops.

“Demand stays strongest for ‘greatest’-quality gadgets in excessive unique situation and with vital provenance or historical past,” stated Wes Dillon of Julia’s Uncommon Firearms Division. “The Parker A1 Particular 20-gauge popping out of nowhere, contemporary to the market, exemplifies this.”

Dillon stated the bidding had fewer than a dozen members, however “From the outset, a determined flurry of impassioned bids from the telephone desk, absentee clerk and gallery flooring bombarded the rostrum. Inside 30 seconds the bid jumped to $180,000, which culled out all however the strongest two combatants—each seated within the gallery. Heavy $10,000 blows had been exchanged till solely the victor remained—paying a hearty $253,000 for the privilege.”

For extra data, contact James D. Julia Auctioneers, 207-453-7125.

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