5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS 20 GAUGE
J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS 20 GAUGE

J.P. SAUER PRUSSIAN GRADE 45 SXS 20 GAUGE: EXTREMELY RARE IN 20 GAUGE. #184XXX. 28″ FULL AND FULL, 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS. DOUBLE TRIGGER. EJECTORS. SPLINTER FOREARM. ENGLISH GRIP. FACTORY SLING SWIVELS. EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH HONEST WEAR. 6LBS 1 0Z, 2 5/8 DAH, 1 5/8 DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $29,500

James Purdey & Sons 450 3 1/4" BPE SxS Double Rifle
James Purdey & Sons 450 3 1/4″ BPE SxS Double Rifle

James Purdey & Sons 450 3 1/4″ BPE SxS Double Rifle: Totaly original Purdey 450 3 1/4″ BPE double rifle, number 9809 made in 1877.  Jones underlever, non-rebounding hammers with safeties, island locks, side clip action body.  28″ steel barrels with perfect bores, rifling is 12 groove with rounded lands.  Obsolete scope mounts.  95%+ barrel blue.  Faded case color on action and metal parts.  No worn areas on action, locks, hammmers or underlever.  95% coverage of fine scroll.  Wood and checkering about 95%.  14 1/2″ length of pull to a checkered steel buttplate, cross pin forend attachment.  Original worn oak and leather case.  Accessories include:  318 gr. hollow point grooved bullet mold numbered to gun, nipple wrench, stab crimping tool and a sealed envelope marked 9809 extra strikers. Price: $15,000

John Dickson & Son - Round Action - 12 ga - SxS - Shotgun
John Dickson & Son – Round Action – 12 ga – SxS – Shotgun

John Dickson & Son – Round Action – 12 ga – SxS – Shotgun: #5894. Gun is in good condition with some light handling marks.  Price: $14,500
Ejectors: Yes
Trigger: Single
Grip: Straight Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 5/8 ”
Pad thickness: ”
Type of butt: Checkered Wood
Drop comb: 1 1/2 ”
Drop heel: 2 1/4 ”
Cast amount: 1/8 ”
Cast: OFF
Weight: 6 lbs, 8 oz
Manufactured in: Scotland
Finish: Coin
Overall condition: Good
Stock condition: Good
Metal condition: Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish
Type of Case: none
Extra barrels: 0
Barrel info:
Gauge: 12 ga
Chamber: 2 3/4 ”
Length: 29 ”
Chokes: M/IM
Rib type: Concave

E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV SXS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV SXS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

E.J. CHURCHILL REGAL XXV SXS Boxlock Ejector Shotgun: 12 ga with a 25″ bbls measuring 15″ to the end of the English recoil pad. The receiver is beautifully scroll engraved. Top opener, automatic ejectors and double triggers. A very light gun. Overall in excellent condition retaining virtually all the bright case colors and original blue. Would be hard to improve upon this beautiful gun. Marked on the bottom of the gun “The Regal”. Made in 1970. Price: $ 7,250

A.H. Fox A-Grade 20 Gauge, SxS – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK NICE
A.H. Fox A-Grade 20 Gauge, SxS – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK NICE

A.H. Fox A-Grade 20 Gauge, SxS – FIGURED STRAIGHT STOCK NICE: Many gun lovers reading this ad regularly scour the internet for good deals on Fox shotguns.  One thing for certain; the availability of graded 20ga. Fox shotguns has dwindled to nearly zero.  Shooter/collectors have recognized the Fox 16ga. and 20ga. guns are the most well balanced, lightest weight, best handling guns of all the vintage American doubles.  It is also known that they have the simplest, most reliable actions as well.  They only made about 2400 A Grade 20ga. Fox guns, with likely less than 2000 remaining in action due to loss and damage. This little Fox A Grade, sn203917 produced in 1938, is an awesome find.  First, it is a factory English style grip, which is very rare (less than 10% made with English grip, or 240 guns).  The handling characteristics and aesthetics of an English grip little Fox is as close as an American double gun will come to being comparable to the finest English makers.  This gun weighs just 5lbs. 14oz. and balances dead on the hinge pin…it seems to float to your shoulder and balances perfectly in hand.  Next, the wood on the gun has much more figure than you will normally find on and A Grade Fox, and we all love nice wood!  Then we have this beautiful condition and pleasing patina to this gun, with 65% bright vivid factory case color, perfect screws, superb wood to metal fit, modern dimensions with the original butt plate…all these things add up to a superior vintage Fox gun.  The factory order card shows the gun “as shipped”; even the chokes and chambers are unaltered since leaving the factory. Price: $6,250

Good gun alert: Near mint 12 A.H. Fox A grade…

Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of the rarest Fox SxSs you’ve ever see.

But what makes it rare is not its grade or gauge. It’s just an A-grade in 12 gauge–a very common shotgun. What makes this double rare is it’s a 12-gauge A-grade in fantastic original condition.

The A.H. Fox company started making A-grade shotguns in 1906. While these guns weren’t cheap, they weren’t high-grade doubles, either. Most were bought by hunters and used hard. That’s why it’s so rare to find one that pretty much brand new.

Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun2-5/8″ Chambers. 30″ Bbls with matted rib are marked “CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL” “MADE BY A. H. FOX GUN CO PHILA PA U.S.A.” on tops. Bbls are #1 weight. Double triggers, auto safety, and extractors. Action is engraved in late “A” style. Blued trigger guard has a diamond on bow and SN on tang. Quilted figure American walnut round knob pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over open sided Jostam pad. Matching forend has Fox’s Deeley type release and SN on the interior of iron. Bore diameter: left -.729, right – .729. Bore restrictions: left – .036 (full), right – .013 (lt mod). Wall thickness: left – .037, right – .042. Drop at heel: 3″, drop at comb: 1-11/16″. Neutral cast. Weight: 7 lbs. 9 oz. LOP: 14″.

CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, very close to new, with only the barest hint of high edge wear on all metal parts, and a few light marks in wood finishes. Mechanically excellent.

From one of the finest Fox collections ever assembled. Price: $3900

Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun
Near Mint A.H. Fox A-Grade 12ga Side-by-Side Double Barrel Shotgun

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Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun
Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun

Browning Lebeau-Courally 12 gauge SxS Double Barrel Sidelock Shotgun: 28″ barrels choked IC/M. Ejectors and manual safety. Double triggers. 2 3/4″ chambers. Unfired. Never been anywhere but its case or in a safe. Pristine condition. Rare and spectacular. Price: $10,999

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun: Built in 1976. 28″ M/F Bohler Steel barrels with raised matted rib and silver front bead. Bores as new measuring .725 right and left. Choked .022 right and .035 left. Silver reciever with 40% coverage of well cut scroll engraving with a pheasant on the floorplate by Imario and signed. Exquisitely detailed rebounding hammers. Double triggers with the front articulated. Pierced top lever. Four locking screws on key screws. Stocked in an extremely nice piece of Circasian Walnut with excellent color and contrast. 32 LPI checkering. The inletting is superb. 14 3/4″ LOP to a checkered wood buttplate.  DAC-1 1/2″   DAH-2 5/8″   Cast off 3/8″    7lb 7oz

Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun
Armeria San Giorgio 12 Gauge Italian SXS Hammer Gun

This is a very high quality piece. San Giorgio was a small boutique father/son maker in the Val Trompia region of Italy obviously capable of very high quality work. This piece remains in almost new condition with a few stock handling marks. It appears to have been fired very little if at all. Lever remains well right of center. Barrels ring with a pure chime. It comes to the shoulder with ease. It exhibits the style, grace, and elegance that fine gunmaking is all about. Price: $5400

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels: Fixed chokes IC/M, 4X American black walnut straight grip stock, splinter forend, double triggers, automatic ejectors, solid game rib, 15” LOP to a ¾” factory recoil pad, dogs on point surrounded full coverage scroll engraving over magnificent case coloring, a perfect 6lbs. 12oz. weight, Base price-$3795.00, options include:, 4X wood. Price: $4,445

CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29" barrels
CSMC- RBL RESERVE 16ga. Side-by-Side Double Barrel Boxlock Shotgun 29″ barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28" M/F #4 weight barrels
AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels

AH Fox A Grade 20Ga SxS Shotgun 28″ M/F #4 weight barrels14 1/4″ LOP to factory buttplate. Very nice overall condition with 30% CC’s and excellent blue. may have an added coat of oil and has a small chip missing from right side of forearm. Nice field gun that wieghs in at 5 1/2 lbs. Price: $3950

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELSUP FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IS A BERNARDELLI 28 GAUGE SXS BOX LOCK SHOTGUN THAT WAS IMPORTED FROM ITALY FOR LL BEAN. THE GUN RETAINS MOST ALL OF THE CASE COLOR, BARREL BLUE, AND WOOD FINISH. THIS SHOTGUN CAME WITH 27 INCH BARRELS. THIS WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT UPLAND BIRD GUN. Price: $1,475

BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27" BARRELS
BERNARDELLI 28GA SXS BOXLOCK SHOTGUN, 27″ BARRELS

Auction alert: a 16g A.H. Fox A grade SxS shotgun, 30″ bbls…

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

A couple days ago I put up a post about a 16g Parker DHE on an O frame. That double is one of the grails of grouse hunting. The one you see here is another. While maybe not as coveted as the Parker, it’s still a SxS a lot of guys wish they could carry in October.

Most of the 16g Foxes you’ll see out there are Sterlingworths. Graded, 16-gauge Foxes side-by-sides are scarce shotguns. This is just one of the 3800 or so 16g shotguns A.H. Fox made in grades A-F. This one, made around 1932-33, also has 30″ barrels, which makes it even scarcer.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

This one is coming up at Kramer Auction Service LLC in Prairie du Chien, WI. Their auction starts on Saturday, March 26 @ 10:00 AM central time.

A.H. Fox A grade SxS Shotgun #301583: 16 ga. 30″ bbls w/bright bores & retaining good overall blue on exterior. Bbls. are marked w/Philadelphia PA address. Left bbl. has a small ding approx. 9″ back from muzzle which shoes slightly in bore. Fully engraved receiver shows good case color in protected areas. Mechanically crisp w/double triggers & ejectors. No Shoc recoil pad & LOP approx. 14″. Original checkered walnut stock. In nice overall condition.

A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583
A.H. Fox A grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun #301583

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox A-grade SxS shotgun …

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Here’s a nice looking, classic American double. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends today, 9/24/2015, @ 9:40:00 PM ET.

BTW: This is what a minty 16g A-Grade looks like.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgunWe have for auction a nice clean Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia PA. “A Grade” Double Barrel Side X Side Shotgun, chambered for 16 gauge shot shell cartridges. This beautiful vintage shotgun bearing serial number 300236 was manufactured in 1913 the second year of production for 16 gauge Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia models according to published factory records. The serial numbers in our auction photographs have been digitally removed, however we will gladly provide them to the winning bidder upon request at the completion of the auction. This beautiful vintage example has remained in wonderful factory original condition over the past 102 years, still retaining most of the original factory blued barrel finish, and showing areas of the factory applied case colored frame finish still is visible. Bores and function are excellent.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This is an early Ansley H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa, and is not to be confused with the later Fox shotgun variations. The shotgun in our auction listing is an “A Grade” Model, with very nice factory engraving. Early graded A. H. Fox model shotguns are very rare, and seldom encountered, especially ones that are still retaining nice clean factory original condition, with no after market modifications, or have been refinished like the one in our auction.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

The 26 inch side X side “Krupp Fluid Steel” barrels were factory designed with a full length sighting rib, extractors, are choked Full on the right, and Modified on the left, and still have nice bright bores & chambers. This early vintage double barrel shotgun still has the factory original early style 16 gauge 2 9/16 inch shot shell chambering, and has “not” been rechambered as many have, to accommodate the more modern 2 ¾ inch shells. The locking leaver still rests firmly to the right as it should, the action is still very tight, and the barrel to action fit is solid with no looseness. Again folks, please keep in mind that this beautiful vintage A. H. Fox is all factory original with no modifications, which in todays market is a very Rare find! This beauty still retains the factory original genuine Walnut wood stock & forearm, which has very nice factory checkering, with no cracks, chips, or alterations.

Rare Ansley H. Fox "A Grade" 16 ga. SxS shotgun
Rare Ansley H. Fox “A Grade” 16 ga. SxS shotgun

This nice old A. H. Fox shotgun has the following stock measurements, the LOP (Length of Pull) is 14 ¼ inches, and is fitted with the original black bake-a-lite butt plate. No folks, you didn’t read it wrong,,, this grand old shotgun has not been cut! The drop at the comb is 2 ¼ inches, is 3 inches at the butt, and has no cast off, and the shotgun weighs a total of just 6 1/4 lbs. This is simply an exceptional 102 year old example of a very nice, very clean, unaltered, factory original A. H. Fox of Philadelphia Pa. shotgun. This beauty would certainly make a great addition to any Ansley H. Fox, or any other fine vintage gun collection.

Good gun alert: a12g A.H. Fox A grade, $799…

 "A.H. Fox Unknown Model" that looks like an A grade
“A.H. Fox Unknown Model” that looks like an A grade

Here’s a listing that has me scratching my head. The seller claims it’s an “A.H. Fox Unknown Model”. To me, it sure looks like an all-original A.H. Fox A-grade with the late style of engraving. According to the serial number, it was made around 1924 — several years after A.H. Fox made the transition over to this engraving pattern.

Here’s the info the seller posted about the gun:

A.H. Fox Unknown Model Engraved 12GA Side by Side Shotgun: Side by Side Shotgun Caliber/Gauge: 12GA Barrel Length: 28″ Choke: Fixed Chokes (Extra Full and Improved Modified) Stock/Grips: Walnut Stock. Engraving is not factory (????). Light blue wear. Walnut stock shows wear to finish, scratches and scuffs. 85-90. Price: $799

 "A.H. Fox Unknown Model" that looks like an A grade
“A.H. Fox Unknown Model” that looks like an A grade
 "A.H. Fox Unknown Model" that looks like an A grade
“A.H. Fox Unknown Model” that looks like an A grade

Auction alert: an A.H. Fox A Grade 16 gauge…

16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun

Here’s your chance to get a deal on a classic upland gun. This 16 gauge A.H. Fox is coming up on Saturday at Cady Auction Gallery & Appraisal in Cedar Rapids, IA. From what I can see, this side-by-side looks like a nice, original shotgun.

16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade SxS Double Barrel Shotgun: Manufactured in 1924. Barrels are 28″. Engraved receiver. Checkered butt stock and forearm. Nickled trigger guard. All numbers match. SN 303657. Condition: Good, bore is bight and shiny.

16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade double barrel shotgun

Act fast: Nice 12 gauge A.H. Fox A grade, auction ends today…

A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga.  30" bbls:
A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga. 30″ bbls:

Here are a nice side-by-side Fox for collectors and shooters: It’s a 12 gauge A grade with good looking 30″ barrels. It’s up for auction now and the sale ends today @ 17:10:23 PT.

So if you like the looks of the gun, and the jacket, you better start bidding now. BTW: the flight jacket is e a modern Willis & Geiger reproduction of an original A-2 Air Force/ U.S. Army Flying Jacket. It’s probably worth around $200.

Here’s more about the gun from the seller:

A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga.  30″ bbls:  All Original, excellent. Barrels have all original blueing with no dings or scratches, bores are perfect, choked modified and full. Engraving is all excellent, has case colors which are light on the sides. Wood to metal fit is all perfect, stock has several little finish marks but no cracks. Forearm has a small crack at the tip that is hardly noticeable. Gun operates like new and it tight like new. Comes with an old wooden gun cleaning rod and also found with the gun an old air force jacket that is like new.

A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga.  30" bbls:
A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga. 30″ bbls:
A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga.  30" bbls:
A.H. Fox A Grade SxS, 12 ga. 30″ bbls:

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HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX SxS A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls with slightly raised, narrow, matted, concave rib, are marked with “Chromox Steel”. Sold for $9,775

HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2" Chambers. 26" Bbls
HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION 20 GAUGE A. H. FOX A GRADE. SN 202812. (1916) Cal. 20 ga. 2-1/2″ Chambers. 26″ Bbls

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame. Sold for $11,500

EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers. No. 2 Frame
EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL CONDITION PARKER DH. SN 127341. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. No. 2 Frame

EXCEPTIONAL ONE-OF-A-KIND PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag. Sold for $74,750

PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag
PRE-WAR HOLLAND & HOLLAND OVER-UNDER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND ACCESSORIES. SN 28482. Cal. .375 H & H Flanged Mag

TRULY EXCEPTIONAL, INVESTMENT QUALITY, 20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” SIDE-BY-SIDE GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. Sold for $69,000.

20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY "REGENT DIAMOND" GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4" Chambers.
20 GAUGE CHARLES DALY “REGENT DIAMOND” GAME GUN WITH HANG TAGS. SN 25254. Cal. 20 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers.

The high cost of condition – a 16 gauge Lefever H and a 20 gauge A.H. Fox AE…

LEFEVER "H" GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN
LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN

There aren’t a few rules to gun collecting. “Cash rules” is one of them. So is “Oral agreements are worth the paper they’re written on.”

Another rule is “Original condition is king”. The more of it a double has, the more it costs (and “restored” never compares to original). The side-by-sides below are perfect examples of the high prices that shotguns in original condition can command. Check them out to see what original finishes really look like, and how much they’ll cost you.

LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE SHOTGUN: 16 gauge, 28″ damascus steel barrels, double triggers, extractors, and top lever opening. Checkered forend and pistol grip buttstock measuring 14″ to a factory buttplate. Comb: 1 3/4″ Heel: 3″ Weight: 6lbs 11oz. Retaining 99% original barrel brown, 99% plus vivid casehardened finish. Beautiful wood and checkering. Appears unused. Mint bores. Chokes: mod & full. Price: $6750.00

LEFEVER "H" GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN
LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN
LEFEVER "H" GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN
LEFEVER “H” GRADE 16 GAUGE Double Barrel SHOTGUN
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia: A H FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 20 GAUGE, 26″ BARRELS.  EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, IC & MODIFIED (RIGHT BARREL .007, LEFT .017), CLEARLY MARKED NUMBER FOUR BARREL WEIGHT.  AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, ATTRACTIVE DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, LIGHT CASE COLOR, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, VERY STRONG EJECTORS.  MOST OF THE BLUE ON THE TRIGGER GUARD.  ROUND KNOB PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, EXCELLENT WOOD, PERFECT CHECKERING.  ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2 X 2 5/8″ X 14 1/8″, 5 POUNDS 8 OUNCES.  MADE IN 1926.  ALL ORIGINAL FINISH.  NICE LITTLE FOX.  Price: $5,000.00

A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia
A H Fox A Grade 20 Gauge Automatic Ejectors Philadelphia

Good gun alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox AE, straight grip, 2-barrel set…

Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,

Here’s another nice Fox that just hit the market. The price seems a little high, but as sellers always say: Go find another one for less. If you try, I bet you’ll be looking for a long time.

Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger, Straight grip stock: Very nice Fox AE grade 16 Gauge Fox Two barrel set with Kautzky single selective trigger and one set of 28″ barrels and another 30″ set. TWO forends! Straight grip English style stock with 14″ Length of Pull to one inch leather covered pad. Stock is original to the gun, and so serial numbered. Splinter forends. Gun was sent back to Fox after it was built to have the second set of barrels and forend fitted. Both sets of barrels and both forends carry the gun’s serial number. Gun is very well balanced, and I have used it to hunt pheasants the last two seasons. Serial number is 303xxx. Gun weighs 6lbs 13 ounces with the 30″ barrels and 6 lbs 7 ozs. with the 28″ barrels. 28″ barrels are choked IC / MOD and 30″ barrels are choked Full / IMP Mod. Price: $8,995.00

Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,
Fox AE 16 Gauge Two barrel set with Single Selective Trigger,

 

Good gun alert: a decent looking A.H. Fox AE-grade 12 gauge…

Ansley H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge With Ejectors
Ansley H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge With Ejectors

When it comes to American doubles, it’s hard to beat a A.H. Fox SxS. Simple and rugged, Foxes like this Fox AE Grade 12 Gauge used to be the shotgun of choice for thousands of hunters. Today, they’re just as useful. If you’re looking for a nice vintage double to use and be proud of, this could be it.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Ansley H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge With Ejectors
Ansley H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge With Ejectors

Ansley H. Fox A Grade 12 Gauge With Ejectors: This hard to find A grade has factory ejectors. The case color is still strong for the age of the shotgun. Someone has added a pad to the gun but it is still quite nice. The lever is past center. 2 3/4″  chambers, 30″ bbls, Full 7 Full. 13 3/4″ LOP from front trigger to Jostam pad, 7 1/2lbs. Price: $2,099.99

Ansley H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge With Ejectors
Ansley H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun 12 Gauge With Ejectors

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JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN
JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN

JOSEPH MANTON 16 BORE PERCUSSION BALL & SHOTGUN: 32″ twist steel barrels, stepped at 22 1/2″ from the muzzle and intended for ball as well as shot. The barrel legend reads “JOSEPH MANTON & SON, 6 HOLLES STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE, LONDON”. Serial number 10651 and listed in the Manton book with a full description including the stepped barrel. Cased in a magnificent pigskin lined oak box by John Dickson & Son’s for Charles Gordon around 1890. It is in mint condition with all of the accessories that include both shot flask and mold. Price: $24,500.00

Parker DHE 20 Ga Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker DHE 20 Ga Double Barrel Shotgun

Parker DHE 20 Ga Double Barrel Shotgun: Ser. No. 229262. 20 Ga.- 26″ barrels choked .010″/.020″. PG, SF, rear position SST. 13 5/8″ pull to a skeleton butt.- drop- 1 1/2″ to 2 1/4″. A wonderful bird gun. Price: $12,500.00

Winchester Model 21 – 16 ga – 2 Bbl Set – 26″ and 30″ – Cased – – Provenance to Carnegie Family: 1937 –

Winchester Model 21 - 16 ga - 2 Bbl Set - 26" and 30" - Cased - - Provenance to Carnegie Family:
Winchester Model 21 – 16 ga – 2 Bbl Set – 26″ and 30″ – Cased – – Provenance to Carnegie Family

Winchester Model 21 – Skeet Grade – 16ga, 26″, 2-3/4″, WS-1 / WS-1 AND 16ga, 30″, 2-3/4″, IC / F. Original LOP is 13-1/4″ with Drop of 1-9/16″ to 2-7/16″, Weight 6 lbs. 12 oz. Metal is absolutely original – not reblued. Finish on wood appears original. Includes a period A.H. Hardy case – set up for 26″ and 30″ Barrels. Price: $9,500.00

ITHACA GRADE 5 ENGRAVED DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: Boxlock, 32” barrels, excellent bores, full coverage engraving in floral motifs with pheasant and partridge scenes on the sides and a bald Eagle on the underside. Fancy checkering on splinter forearm and pistol grip buttstock. Deluxe walnut generally very nice with a couple of coats of lacquer having been added, some chips of finish have been knocked off buttstock from use; original hardrubber buttplate. Considerable darkened receiver case colors present, most gold wash remains on double triggers, 90%+ blue on barrels. Overall, a fine gun. Price: $ 6,500.

ITHACA GRADE 5 ENGRAVED DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
ITHACA GRADE 5 ENGRAVED DOUBLE BARREL 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

FOX A GRADE Double Barrel Shotgun LATE STYLE ENGRAVING 12 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS AND 30″ BARRELS:  A nice late syle engraved Fox A Grade 12 gauge. This gun has 30″ barrels with perfectly timed ejectors. Gun has good original condition. Barrels as original with right barrel at .723 bore and 20/1000 choke (Modified) and Left at .724 bore with 34/1000 choke (Full). Tight on face. No Loose ribs. Solid gun. Weight is 7 LBS 13 OZ. Shipping is $35. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 3/8″ to non-original buttplate. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 3 3/8″. Price: $2,500

FOX A GRADE Double Barrel Shotgun LATE STYLE ENGRAVING 12 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS AND 30" BARRELS:
FOX A GRADE Double Barrel Shotgun LATE STYLE ENGRAVING 12 GAUGE WITH EJECTORS AND 30″ BARRELS

Auction alert: Wow -10g Parker Bros. Quality 6, A-grade, lift-action hammer shotgun….

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

Parker Bros. was one of America’s oldest, largest, and most innovative gun makers. From 1869 to 1942, the company turned out over 240,000+ shotguns.

The one you see is built on the Parker Lifter-Action, one of the company’s earliest designs. It’s an A-grade, and it was the top-of-line Parker back when it was made in 1876. As a 2-barrel set in what looks to be its original case, it’s a fantastic shotgun and important piece of American gunmaking history.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

It’s up for auction now, and the sale ends tomorrow May 5, 2013 @ 15:00:00 PT. Whoever get this double  will be lucky person. Here’s more info on the gun from the seller:

10 gauge Parker Bros, Quality 6, A-grade, Double Barrel Lifter-action Shotgun: 6801 mfg. circa 1876. Quality 6 SxS shotgun with two sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga., under lift opened hammer action, color case hardened side plates, 1st barrel set 32 in. Damascus steel, 2nd barrel set 28 in. Damascus steel, DT, EXT, checkered PG walnut stock with skeleton steel buttplate and splinter forearm, LOP 14 1/4 in. over wood.

10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga
10 gauge Parker Bros. Quality 6 SxS lift-lever shotgun, 2 sets of Damascus steel barrels and case in 10 ga

Is this A-grade Fox 20 gauge really worth $7,600?

Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

When it comes to collecting, original condition rules. The more of it a shotgun has, the more collector’s will pay for it. But some prices can be too high, regardless of how crisp and original an item is. That’s what I thought when I saw this A.H. Fox A-grade.

While it sure looks nice and original, I wonder if someone will pay $7,600 for it. But if you’re a serious Fox collector, the answer is probably yes. After all, when are you going  to see another 20 gauge A grade as nice as this one?

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

A.H Fox A Grade, 20 ga. 26” barrels choked M/F: AH Fox, Philadelphia, PA, chromox, double trigger, extractor, butt plate 99% barrel blue and trigger guard blue, not refinished. 99% perfect case color. Clean and tight, virtually a perfect gun, some minor handling marks (very minor) Super high conditioned gun with perfect screws. Graded Fox 20’s are extremely rare. 5lbs 15oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 7/8”. Price: $7,600.00

Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Minty A.H. Fox A-grade 20 gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

On Gunbroker.com now: A rare 20 gauge by A.H. Fox, Philadelphia…

A.H. Fox, 20 gauge, A grade, Double Barrel, Side by Side Shotgun
A.H. Fox, 20 gauge, A grade, Double Barrel, Side by Side Shotgun

The side-by-sides made by A.H. Fox as classic and American as double-barrel shotguns get. A.H. Foxes came in a number of grades. The Sterlingworths were their entry level shotguns. Today, they’re the ones you see all the time on the used markets. Fox’s graded doubles go from A to F. There’s no E, and there’s also an X.

In all these grades, twenty gauges are the toughest to find.  From 1912 to 1940, A.H. Fox made fewer than 4,000 graded 20s of them. That means the 20 gauge A Grade you see here is pretty rare side by side. And even though it has had some “refreshing” done to it, it’s still a nice little shotgun.

A.H. Fox, 20 gauge, A grade, Double Barrel, Side by Side Shotgun
A.H. Fox, 20 gauge, A grade, Double Barrel, Side by Side Shotgun

Here are the details on it from the seller:
Fox 20 gauge A grade with 28 inch barrels,round pistol grip splinter forend,with snap on forend had wood redone and checkering recut also proffesionaly refinished with tru oil,dimensions 14 1/4 lop to original butt plate have Fox research letter. Original 2 1/2 inch chambers gun is on face. Has Krupp fluid steel barrels.

A.H. Fox, 20 gauge, A grade, Double Barrel, Side by Side Shotgun
A.H. Fox, 20 gauge, A grade, Double Barrel, Side by Side Shotgun

Born to hunt grouse: a rare A.H. Fox 20 gauge AE grade side-by-side…

A.H. Fox AE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox AE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

The ultimate grouse gun: I’ve been searching for it for years.  This 20 gauge A.H. Fox AE double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker could be it. With double triggers, decent stock dimensions (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 14-1/4) and lots of original condition, it’s pretty much all I could want in an American side-by-side.

The A.H. Fox gun company billed their A grades as “…a gun that the discriminating sportsman will appreciate as to price and workmanship. It is not a cheap gun, but a more than good gun at a reasonable figure, and can be built to your own specifications without extra charge. The material and fittings are of superior FOX class.”

A.H. Fox made fewer than 4,000 graded 20 gauges, so any one you come across is a good find. And if you’ve ever thought about buying one, I suggest you act quickly. This auction is endings soon. Who knows when you’ll see another nice 20g Fox like it again?

A.H. Fox AE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox AE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s more about the gun from the seller’s description:

From my personal collection. Very pretty little AE Grade 20 gauge Fox Gun. SN 203xx, marked “Made by A.H. Fox Gun Co Philadelphia PA USA” on barrels and “Ansley H Fox” on receiver sides. 2-3/4″ chambers, “Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel” marked on the 26″ tubes, choked Imp/Full (.015″/0.030″) 99% blue, 97% wood with some scraps and small hunting dings, 98% original case, perfect bores, no dents, no bulges, perfect mechanicals perfect, ejector operation, weight 6 pounds, stocked 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 14-1/4″ right hand shoot cast.In it’s original leather Leg of Mutton case. Great gun!

Auction Alert: Winchester M21, minty looking A grade A.H. Fox

Fusco Auctions in Willoughby, OH, has this handful of  shotguns going off tonight, starting at 5:30pm. Here are a couple that caught my eye:

 

Fusco Auctions
Fusco Auctions

Winchester M21 20g

Marholdt Over Under .375 Double Rifle, 12 gauge Shotgun 2 barrel set

A new-looking, 16g Fox A grade (it’s not a Sterly, the auctioneer has it wrong)

Good guns at Julia’s! First up, a Special Order Lefever…

Good news for gun nuts: Julia’s spring firearms auction is March 12 & 13. Like always, they’re selling some nice double barrel shotguns.

12g Lefever Special Order Double Barrel Shotgun
12g Lefever Special Order Double Barrel Shotgun

One of them is this Special Order Lefever. Judging by some of the peculiar Lefevers I’ve seen, customers could chinese-menu a shotgun from Uncle Dan, picking details from different grades, and creating unique guns that are hard to categorize.

Today, collector’s call these guns Special Orders. The only thing consistent about them is the quality that went into making them.

12g Lefever Special Order Double Barrel Shotgun
12g Lefever Special Order Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s the complete description of the gun from Julia’s online catalog:

EXCEPTIONAL EARLY LEFEVER SPECIAL ORDER A-AA GAME GUN. SN 17776. Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. This obviously very high grade and early Lefever gun exhibits many of the qualities and engraving style of a gun of grade AA or higher, and has obviously been back to the factory a number of times to be fitted with some of the latest updates, which is not unusual for this highest quality American company.

30″ Dovetailed bbls with matted, concave game rib, are engraved “Whitworth” and “Fluid Steel” on tops. Bbls are fitted with early style ejector lugs. Lumps have been retrofit with typical Lefever in-frame ejector. Early ejector hammers mounted in forend have been retained to actuate extractors instead of the normal crescent shaped cam cocking hook as seen in late Lefevers.

Bottoms of bbls are stamped with SN on right, and the left with a second serial no. 16441. Action is fitted with typical ball and socket hinge joint, doll’s head extension and locking bolt with normal pivoting top lever, Lefever 3-position safety, with adjustable lock-out screw on tang, double checkered triggers, cocking hook without keel, and in-frame ejectors. Slots on water table which housed old cocking rods and ejector mechanism, have been neatly filled in. There are no grade markings on water table, which is stamped with SN. Lockplates have early style attached sears, cocking indicators and sear adjustment screws.

Action and lockplates are engraved with beautifully executed shaded scroll. Beads of action have floral engraving and a woodcock is on bottom. Fences have very well done raised carved fleur-de-lis with cloverleaf floral devices at either side, as is often found on AA and Optimus grade guns. Lockplates have rebated tails and with excellent, nicely shaded renditions of dogs, game, and hunters within ovals. A pointer is watching a grouse run away on left lockplate, and setter on point with hunter approaching in background is on right. “Lefever Arms Co” is in diagonal slashes across fronts of each lockplate. Trigger plate is engraved with patent dates, the latest being 1891

The quality of this engraving is beyond compare, out-classing anything found on guns by any other American maker. Trigger guard extends to horn grip cap with SN at tang. Bow is engraved with gold inlaid setter flanked by scroll. Very finely marbled and slightly figured European walnut full capped pistol grip buttstock measures 14″ over hard rubber buttplate with “L. A. Co.” logo. Stock features vacant gold shield on toe line, horn grip cap, arrowhead drop points, and 28 LPI point pattern checkering with 36 LPI fancy bordered flanking panels extending into buttstock. Matching splinter forend has push button release, button of which is inlaid in gold with intertwined monogram, “K I J”. Checkering mimics that of buttstock, except is more elaborate. Finely checkered flanking panels surround horn inlays at back and tip, as is found on other guns of the same period

Consignor reported this fine shotgun to the Lefever Arms Collectors Association. This guns history and comparison with another gun of similar grade, three numbers earlier, were written up in the newsletter in July/ August 2009 with heading of “The Hunter Family’s “Keeper””. Similarities and differences between these two guns are interesting to note. Bore diameter: left-.731, right -.731. Bore restrictions: left -.034, right -.009. Wall thickness: left -.029, right -.030. Drop at heel: 3-3/16″, drop at comb: 1-7/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 11.5 oz. LOP 14″.

PROVENANCE: Lefever Arms Collectors Assn. Newsletter July August 2009. CONDITION: Fine. Bbls retain nearly all of a nice quality re-black. Action retains traces of orig case hardening color in protected areas, and is mostly a very pleasing mottled silver gray. Trigger guard is nearly all silver, but with some orig blue inside bow. Stocks retain most of an older varnish refinish. Checkering re-cut on butt, but is untouched on forend. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny, with one or 2 minor pings. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. 4-44902 MGM19 (15,000-25,000)

Another good gun gets away…

I search for shotguns every night. In about 20 minutes I can check all of the major gun website for new double barrels. Most night I see nothing. While there are always new guns, they’re rarely ones I’m interested in. Weeks go by like this, sometimes months. Then one day something nice pops us and all the searching is worth it.

16g A.H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Here’s one of those double barrel shotguns. It’s a 16 gauge A.H. Fox A grade with double triggers and a straight grip. It’s a tough gun to find, especially in all-original condition, and probably one of the best grouse guns ever made in American.

I saw it today Gunsinternational.com. It had been online fewer than 12 hours early, probably less, and as soon as I saw I was on the phone. The seller picked up on the third ring. Sold.

16g A.H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun
16g A.H. Fox A Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

 

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