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A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

I’m not sure what we’re seeing here. Is this a rare, 20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun? Or is it just regular 20g Sterlingworth someone has messed with?

This gun is serial number — 270421 — which puts it around 1938. That’s near the end of the line for A.H. Fox, and three years into the period when the company was building their straight-gripped, high-stocked Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game guns. So there’s a chance this is one of those guns. If that’s the case, it’s a great deal.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

But here’s the thing: The stocks on Sterly S&UGs didn’t have the checkered sidepanels — or at least none of the ones I’ve seen, and the none ones Fox advertised in their literature,  had stocks with checkered sidepanels. That detail was reserved for Foxes in B-grade and up.

So did the person who ordered this gun also ask for the panels? Did a stocker at the company add them as a way to kill the last few hours of a work week? Or was the stock a leftover intended for a higher-grade gun, and since A.H. Fox was nearing its end, the company  wanted to use it up?

Of course, the other possible answers to this riddle are a restock — maybe by Savage at a later date or by someone else — or maybe even little custom work to the wood after the gun after it was delivered (I doubt this, though). But even if one of those are the case, this side-by-side is still a nice little double.

Fox Sterlingworth 20GA. NICE! Straight Stock!

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″
Action tight Bluing 85%. Case color 12%
Desirable 26” barrels
Straight Stock! Wood shows handling wear. Has recoil pad installed
Acouple shallow dings in the barrels from over the years
LOP – 15 1/8 DAC – 1 1/4” DAH – 2 3/8”
Great light weight gun weighing in at 6lbs 2oz
Middle barrel bead, double triggers, extractors, box lock

Price: $1,850

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4", Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20ga 2 3/4″, Straight Stock, Skeet & Upland Game?

5 Responses to “If this 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS is legit, it’s a steal …”

  1. Bill Davis says:

    I’m voting that it’s a restock. With a DAC of 1 1/4 inches, that’s gotta be someone’s custom dimensions. Still a decent buy, but I’d want to know more about the shallow dents in the barrels.

  2. Gregg says:

    Perhaps.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Gregg

  3. William Juch says:

    I owned a 16 bore Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland gun, straight grip, DT, ejectors. (Sorry I sold it but I actually made money on the deal. That made the gun even more rare!)
    1.The seller does not mention the chokes. They should be Cylinder/Modified or Skeet/Quarter.
    2.The beads are right.
    3. The fore-part seems right but plainer than the buttstock..
    4. Gregg and Bill are right that the buttstock is a mystery, and the “dings should be looked into.”
    5. Kudos to the seller to state “12% case colors.”

  4. First, thanks for directing people to my gunbroker & gunsinternational listings!! I literally got more phone calls and emails than I could keep up with!! Based on a number of calls and advice, I removed the gun from auction and had it lettered from JT Callahan. It was confirmed as a upland and skeet.
    The stock is intriguing. Having seen other (generally higher grade) Fox guns with similar stocks, and side panel checkering, I think its feasible that this gun was either upgraded on a custom order, or like greggs mentioned had some interesting back story behind it. I really don’t know, and not sure we ever will.
    For the comment about the shallow barrel dings, they are commonly found on most old guns (guns 75+ years old!!), only try and mention items I see when listing a gun so there are no surprises upon receiving the gun. No dings large enough to concern me or bother fixing. Bores are correct.
    After getting the letter and educating myself a bit, I’m trying to figure out a fair price. The gun is rare enough there aren’t a ton of good comparable listings out there to know what they are going for. I found this listing:
    https://www.gunsamerica.com/990709424/Fox-Sterlingworth-SKEET-AND-UPLAND-20GA-RARE-NICE-ON.htm @ $4700

    I’m thinking that sounds a bit rich, but what might a fair price be? Any comments would be appreciated. -Carl

  5. Gregg says:

    Hey Carl –

    Thanks for your note. I’m glad you got a lot of traffic from my post.

    RE: The gun’s value. I would put it on Gunbroker.com at No Reserve and let it go. Include an image that shows the letter.

    I think a real nice 20g Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game is probably worth $4500 – $5000.

    But if that other one went for $4700, who knows?

    Good luck with your Fox.

    Gregg

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