How much?! Crazy bidding on this 20g A.H. Fox AE SxS …..

A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30" BBLS, RARE GUN!!...MFD 1920
A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30″ BBLS, RARE GUN!!…MFD 1920

I like Fox shotguns, but after seeing the bidding action on this 20g AE, I can see some guys like them a LOT more than I do. It’s on Gunauction.com now and the listing ends November 4, 2018, @ 5:03 pm.

A.H. Fox made side-by-side shotguns in three gauges: 12, 16 & 20. Of these, the twenties are the scarcest. That being said, 20g Fox shotguns are far from rare, and a typical double barrel, A-grade 20 gauge goes for $3,500 – $4,500. As you can see, this one has popped ahead of those prices, and it’s on track to sell for a lot more.

A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30" BBLS, RARE GUN!!...MFD 1920
A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30″ BBLS, RARE GUN!!…MFD 1920

Why? Four reasons: It has a single trigger, it has 30″ barrels, it has ejectors (the “E” in AE), and it has some decent color-case hardening on the action. Those features plus the decent condition put this gun in the real-hard-to-find category.

On top of that, a lot of guys are just nuts when it comes to vintage American shotguns.

A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30" BBLS, RARE GUN!!...MFD 1920
A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30″ BBLS, RARE GUN!!…MFD 1920

A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30″ BBLS, RARE GUN!!…MFD 1920, C&R OK, NO RESERVE: Here’s a rather scarce A.H. Fox shotgun. Manufactured in Philadelphia, this is an AE Grade chambered for 20-gauge shells. It has a number of desirable features. As an AE, it naturally has automatic ejectors. Additionally, this gun is equipped with the Fox-Kautzky single-selective trigger, has 30-inch barrels, and 2-3/4″ chambers. The barrels and frame are made of “Chromox” high-pressure fluid steel. The frame is engraved in the A-pattern typical of the period. The butt is of the half pistol grip design, the forestock is of the splinter design with Deeley style latch.

A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30" BBLS, RARE GUN!!...MFD 1920
A.H. FOX ~ AE GRADE 20-GAUGE, SINGLE-TRIGGER, EJECTORS, 30″ BBLS, RARE GUN!!…MFD 1920

Overall condition is very good. There is still case colors present on the frame in the more protected areas…I’d call it about 20-30% or so. The barrels retain most of their original blue finish but there are a few areas of thinning and some very minor spots of surface freckling. I’d call the barrel finish about 85% overall. There are no dents or pits. The stocks are in good condition but have been professionally refinished. Length of pull measures 13-1/2″; Drop @ Heel is 2-1/8″; Drop @ Comb is 1-1/2″. This gun functions well. Lock up is good with no significant looseness. The single trigger functions as it should, as do both ejectors and the automatic safety. Both bores are bright and free of any pitting. Choke constrictions measure approximately .016″ (about Modified choke) in both barrels. Weight is 6-pounds, 6-ounces. According to available serial number information, this Fox was manufactured in about 1920. A nice and rather unusual gun that’s fast approaching her 100th birthday!

This week’s five good guns…

 

Fox XE 16 Gauge - FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790
Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITION: Year 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790

Fox XE 16 Gauge – FACTORY ORIGINAL, MINT CONDITIONYear 1919, 16 Gauge, 5lbs 12oz, Side-by-Side: Serial Number 300,790. During the 20 years of chasing A.H. Fox guns of all grades and gauges for my personal collection and to assist my clients to build their collections, the Fox XE 16ga. has been one of the most difficult to find.  I have only seen 5 offered for sale in the last 10 years.  This fine example could be the very best XE 16 on Mother Earth, as it has all original factory finishes retaining 99% case color, blue, and wood finish.  Built in 1919, sn300790 is one of 90 factory-documented Fox XE guns built in 16ga., with only 79 of those the cherished Philly made guns.  Some of these guns have disappeared so it is likely there are less than 70 or so left in the world.  Of the 70, few have this much condition remaining and most have been significantly altered since leaving the factory.  I have examined this gun inside and out, and it is a near new, factory original gun.  The signature A.H. Fox case colors are not duplicated in today’s world. The engraving on this gun is exceptionally sharp and clear and from the prime era of Fox engraving. When you examine the order card you will notice it shows 3 ½” drop at the heel which is an error on the card as the gun has 2 ½” drop at heel and THE GUN MATCHES ALL OTHER DETAILS ON THE ORDER CARD including the long length of pull, gun weight, barrel weight and length.  Errors were made when handwriting order cards.  The gun came from the factory with the 2 ½” drop at heel.  The factory marked serial number is on the head of the stock as shown in the photos.  Weighing just 5lbs. 13oz. and balanced perfectly on the hinge pin, you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful A.H. Fox.  This gun has it all…rarity, high grade, incredible factory original condition, desirable features and stock dimensions, perfect mechanics, mirror bores, gorgeous wood figure, perfect screws…an A.H. Fox gun for the advanced collector or avid shooter/collector.  When you consider this is likely your only chance to own such a gun, it is a wise investment vehicle for your hard-earned funds at the price offered. Price: $27,950

Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun
Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS Shotgun

Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo SxS ShotgunLike New Parker Reproduction 16/20 Ga Combo Set.  This is #6 out of 100 Special Edition Set for The National Sporting Fraternity Limited. Shotgun has a Krieghoff 16 Ga barrel, 28″ IC-Mod. Second barrel is a 20 Ga, 26″ IC-Mod. Comes with Leather Hard Case, Canvas Dust Cover, 16-20 Ga Snap Caps and Oil bottle.  Shotgun is in 99% condition with just a few faint handling marks.  Bluing is excellent with very strong case colors.  Comes with Parker Reproduction Catalog and a copy of Game & Gun magazine.  Steve Smith reviewed the combo set in this magazine. Price: $8,500

Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:
Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel Shotgun:

Greifelt Grade 1 20ga O/U Double Barrel ShotgunThis beautiful little 20ga Greifelt remains in absolutely outstanding condition.  With excellent scenes of birds on both sides of the action and delicate rose and scroll on the balance, it retains near 100% of the case colors. The 26″ barrels feature a solid rib with a metal bead; choked IC/IM with excellent bores and 98% bluing.  The barrels also have rose and scroll engraving at the breech end. The scalloped boxlock action with a Kersten style top crossbolt and dual underlugs has dual triggers with the front trigger being articulated.  The LOP is 14 1/2″ from the front trigger to the original horn buttplate.  The dark-colored walnut straight gripped stock features the original finish and only has a couple of handling marks. The gun comes in the oak and leather case with the original Von Lengerke & Detmold label. Price: $5,500 

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 - 30" BARREL - EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBER

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 – 30″ BARREL – EARLY PRODUCTION WITH LOW 3 DIGIT SERIAL NUMBERHere’s an early Winchester Model 21 in 12 gauge – serial number 145. This honest gun has 30″ barrels choked mod and full. Mirror bores as original measuring .730 with 13/1000 choke in right and 35/1000 in left. Chambers at 2 3/4″. Extractors. Gun is tight and on the face with top lever right of center. No loose ribs – barrels ring true. All serial numbers match. No cracks to the wood with sharp checkering. One inch Winchester red recoil pad. Weight is 7 LBS 7 1/2 OZ. Shipping is $40. Great shootable stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 1/2″, Drop at Comb – 1 1/2″, Drop at Heel – 2 3/8″. Price: $3,500

Browning BSS 12 ga. 70's mfg. 2 3/4" also 3" shells
Browning BSS 12 ga. 70’s mfg. 2 3/4″ also 3″ shells

Browning BSS 12 ga. 70’s mfg. 2 3/4″ also 3″ shells28″ bbl. choked M/F, single trigger, ejectors, deluxe checkered European walnut, 99% as new original condition, lightest of handling only! Price: $1,229

Other great Foxes at Julia’s next week…

 

VERY RARE (54 PRODUCED) HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION SPECIAL ORDER FOX 20 GAUGE “DE” SHOTGUN WITH SINGLE TRIGGER.
VERY RARE (54 PRODUCED) HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION SPECIAL ORDER FOX 20 GAUGE “DE” SHOTGUN WITH SINGLE TRIGGER.

As I mentioned on MondayJames D. Julia Auctioneers has an insane collection of A.H. Fox double-barrel shotguns coming up in their Fall 2017 sale, which starts this Monday, 10/30.

While this sale features a number of super rare, super big money Foxes like this incredible 20 bore FE (estimate $150,000-$225,000) and this fantastic special order 20 bore DE with a single trigger (estimate $27,500-$42,500), it also features some lower-grade models with lower reserves and still a ton of original condition.

RARE, AS FOUND, HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION SMALL BORE PHILADELPHIA FOX “XE” SHOTGUN WITH FACTORY LETTER. ESTIMATE $9,000-$14,000

RARE, AS FOUND, HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION SMALL BORE PHILADELPHIA FOX “XE” SHOTGUN WITH FACTORY LETTER.
RARE, AS FOUND, HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION SMALL BORE PHILADELPHIA FOX “XE” SHOTGUN WITH FACTORY LETTER.

INCREDIBLE VERY NEAR TO NEW 16 GAUGE “CE” PHILADELPHIA FOX SHOTGUN. ESTIMATE $12,500-$17,500

INCREDIBLE VERY NEAR TO NEW 16 GAUGE “CE” PHILADELPHIA FOX SHOTGUN. ESTIMATE $12,500-$17,500
INCREDIBLE VERY NEAR TO NEW 16 GAUGE “CE” PHILADELPHIA FOX SHOTGUN. ESTIMATE $12,500-$17,500

NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION FOX “A” GRADE SHOTGUN. ESTIMATE $3,500-$5,500

NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION FOX “A” GRADE SHOTGUN. ESTIMATE $3,500-$5,500
NEAR NEW ORIGINAL CONDITION FOX “A” GRADE SHOTGUN. ESTIMATE $3,500-$5,500

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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

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JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907
JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907

JAMES PURDEY & SONS EJECTOR SIDELOCK 12 GA. SELF-OPENING DOUBLE SHOTGUN, CIRCA 1907: 30” barrels with 2 ½” chambers choked improved modified in both barrels. Automatic ejectors and double triggers. Center rib engraved “J. PURDEY & SONS. AUDLEY HOUSE. SOUTH AUDLEY STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S FLUID PRESSED STEEL”. No “3” engraved on the both the rib and the lever. Lock plates signed with maker’s name. Checkered walnut straight grip stock and checkered splinter forend. 14 ½” pull over checkered butt. 2”, 1 ½” drop. .Best Quality rose bouquet and scroll engraving. Matching serial numbers in the 17,xxx range. All original except the barrel finish which has been expertly custom blued. Locks and frame with much of the original case hardening color and the lever and the trigger guard with most of the original blue. Stock and forend with the original finish. Forend with small sliver missing near the release button on the left side. Perfect working order and excellent bores. Price: $16,500

A.H. Fox SPE Skeet Grade 12 Gauge Side by Side
A.H. Fox SPE Skeet Grade 12 Gauge Side by Side

A.H. Fox SPE Skeet Grade 12 Gauge Side by SideAll original condition, all specs can be viewed on letter from Savage Historian, John Callahan. Price: $6,000

Model: SPE Skeet Grade
Serial Number: 34970
Chambers: 2 3/4
Ejectors: Automatic
Condition: Original
Triggers: Single selectable
Gauge: 12
Fore End: Beavertail
Manufacture Date: May 27, 1937

Winchester Model 21 Field Grade 20 Gauge 1935 Production
Winchester Model 21 Field Grade 20 Gauge 1935 Production

Winchester Model 21 Field Grade 20 Gauge 1935 ProductionThis Winchester was produced in 1935. The shotgun’s serial number is 5294. The barrels are 26 inches. The barrels are solid rib choked Full and Modified. It has the single selective trigger. The trigger works correctly. The safety is the automatic engaged safety. The ejectors are manual ejectors. The recoil pad is the red Winchester pad. The barrels are bright with no damage or dents. The lockup is tight. The barrels have the solid rib. This gun has seen field use and handling. There is blue loss on the underbelly of the receiver due to carrying. This is a great light handling 21 in a great gauge. This gun can give the owner many years of great service. This is one of the original condition early model 21’s that has not been “restored”. The unusual feature is the single selective trigger without the automatic ejectors on this shotgun. This feature is not commonly seen. This shotgun’s overall condition would rate a 90% condition. The overall approximate weight is 6 pounds. The length of pull is 13 and 1/2 inches. This shotgun has had only two owners. Price: $5750

Ithaca Grade 4 16 Gauge - NICE ORIGINAL GUN, 80% CASE COLOR
Ithaca Grade 4 16 Gauge – NICE ORIGINAL GUN, 80% CASE COLOR

Ithaca Grade 4 16 Gauge – NICE ORIGINAL GUN, 80% CASE COLOR:#376165, Made in 1924, 16 Gauge, 6lbs 7oz, Side by Side. This gun, sn376165 built in 1924, is no exception, balanced dead on the hinge pin and weighing 6lbs. 7oz. it is a delight in hand.  Retaining 80% factory case color, gorgeous engraving, checkering, and wood, this gun is a work of art at a very affordable price.  It has great barrels with plenty of wall thickness, mirror bores, choked perfect for upland game, and with nice shooting dimensions it has everything a shooter/collector might want. Price: $4,950.00

Barrel Length: 26″
Chokes: .013/.028  LM/F
Bores: mirror
Bore Diameter: .670/.668
Wall Thickness: .029/.028
% Blue: 100%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: single
Action: tight, way right of center
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 80% fading
Screws: excellent
Engraving: clear, sharp
Trigger Type: double,  crisp
Trigger Guard Color: 93%
Type: capped pistol grip/splinter forend
LOP: 14″
LOP To End Of Wood: 13 5/8″
DAH: 2 5/8″
DAC: 1 11/16″
Cast: 1/8″ off
Checkering Condition: very good
Butt Treatment: factory plate

C. Hellis & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga/28" IC/Full
C. Hellis & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga/28″ IC/Full

C. Hellis & Sons Boxlock SxS 12ga/28″ IC/Full: Case colored boxlock with double triggers, straight grip stock, auto-ejectors, splinter forend, and checkered butt. Lop measures 14″ with 1 1/4oz proof and 2 3/4″ chambers. Condition is very good overall with strong color case and excellent barrel blue. This is a very nice gun overall.  Price: $3,995

Good gun alert: Nice looking 16g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth …

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

Here’s a great way to start an affair with nice American doubles. With 28″ barrels and what looks like an all-original finish, this Fox Sterlingworth is nice. And the price  –$1095 — makes is even nicer.

From 1910 to about 1940, A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company built around 140,000 Sterlingworths. Most were 12 gauges, but about 23,000 were 16s. Whatever the gauge, these side-by-sides were, and still are, great doubles — especially when they’re priced right.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels. Tight Full/Tight Mod. LOP 14 1/8” & 13 ¼”, DAC 1 5/8”, DAH 2 5/8”. Chambered for 2 ½” shells. Numbers matching gun. Condition: Barrels have a nice ring to them. Bright shinny bore. Right barrel has imperfection about 14” in. Signs of imperfection are visible from outside if looking down the side of barrel. Tight solid action. Barrel lever is right of center. Nice shooter. Price: $1,095

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA Utica NY. 28” barrels

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PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge 28" chopper lump barrels
PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge 28″ chopper lump barrels

PIOTTI KING SIDE x SIDE 16 gauge  28″ chopper lump barrels: … 2 3/4″ chambers … single selective trigger … LOP 14 7/8″ … drop comb 1 3/8″ … drop heel 2 1/8″ … weight 6 lbs 8 oz … bore dia: L..675 R.676 … bore restrictions: L.014 R.010 … wall thickness: L.026 R.032.

The engraver, G.Ranetti, proudly signed this work on the trigger plate to the right of the trigger. The receiver is literally covered with extremely fine and detailed small scroll with interspersed acanthus and floral scroll over-lays. Perfect shading and delicated gold inlays in certain areas make this a memorable piece. This fine engraving work continues to the trigger guard, upper and lower tang, operating lever, butt plate frame and forearm latching hardware. This is the ultimate of 100% coverage. The bottom of the left barrel is engraved “W.L.Moore, Westlake, CA. Mod KING 1”.

Finely cut wrap around, 32 LPI checkering highlights the straight English grip and the splinter forearm. The high contrast grain of this European walnut will definitely turn heads for a second look. The forearm features a gold Fratelli Piotti coat of arms. This piece comes in a custom oak and leather case with protective brass corners and a lock. The case interior is burgandy cloth with oak compartments. Accessories include a rosewood & brass cleaning rod, oil bottle, wallet with cleaning tips and brushes, snap caps and cleaning gauze. Price: $16,500

BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2" SOLID RIB BARRELS
BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2″ SOLID RIB BARRELS

BERETTA 1951 S3EL SIDELOCK- EXC FLORAL & SCROLL ENGRAVING by M. SLATNIK- NEAR EXHIBITION WOOD- 27 1/2″ SOLID RIB BARRELS: #9036, Beretta O/U Sidelock Ejector Model S3EL 12 Bore Made in 1951 with 27 1/2″ Acciaio Inossidabile Excelsior Steel Barrels with a Hand Filed Solid Rib at .726 .004 & .008″ (Skt.I & Imp.Cyl.), Original 2 3/4″, 1.365 KG weight barrels, Double triggers with the front trigger articulated, Game forend with finger grooves, Straight hand stock at 14 5/8 x 1 5/16 x 2 1/8″ over a 7/8″ pad, Slight cast-off for the right hand, 7 lbs., It has a super piece of wood that borders on being an exhibition piece with great black & brown color contrast, It has 100% coverage of great floral engraving with roses done with a very fine scroll background plus neat floral borders by M. Slatnik and signed, All early Beretta’s done by Slatnik are special pieces as he was one of the leading Italian engravers of this era; This piece has 9 retainer screws, including the replaceable locking shoulders on the barrel, which secure key screws on the frame, forend and trigger guard, I believe the barrels were reblacked a long time ago and very professionally done, All lettering sharp and very difficult to tell they were reblacked, The buttstock might have been re-oiled but not refinished and it remains in 94% condition with light handling marks only, The checkering is original and remains at 98%, The bores are excellent plus, It remains a very stout mechanical gun in every respect. Here is a 1951 Quality Sidelock that has at least 94-95% of its mechanical life left for the balance of your sporting days. Buy this piece here for $7950 or order a new one for about $30K, you are the judge. Price: $7,950

THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY'S PATENT STEEL BARRELS
THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY’S PATENT STEEL BARRELS

THOMAS BLAND- 500/450 #1 EXP- EXC PLUS BORES- VERY NICE UNDERLEVER HAMMER RIFLE- HENRY’S PATENT STEEL BARRELS: #9968, T. Bland & Sons, 106 Strand, London: A Thomas Bland & Sons 500/450 #1 Express Black Powder Henry Jones Hammer Underlever Double Rifle Made about 1889, 28″ Henry’s patent steel barrels, Full rib with 3 folding rear sights, Non-rebounding hammers, Anson Patent #15529 forend release, Full length trigger guard tang to a steel grip cap, Sling eyes, 14 7/16″ LOP over a steel buttplate, 8 lbs. 14 oz., Very nice wood, Here is a very nice solid rifle with 75% original blue on the barrels, 25% original case colors, Very solid wood both fore and aft that has had oil applied but not refinished, The checkering is still original and at 80%, The bores are excellent plus with both still at 9 1/2 and near 10 and almost look like new, It is cased in a nice brass cornered oak & leather trunk with a Bland trade label. ////////////// //////////////////// Thomas Bland & Sons were founded in 1840 in Birmingham and expanded to106 Strand in London in 1872. In 1900 they moved to 2 King William Street, Strand in London. This durable firm remained in business all these years, an incredible run from muzzle loaders to modern sporting guns. Price: $7,450

Winchester --- Model 21 Duck --- 12 Gauge, 3"
Winchester — Model 21 Duck — 12 Gauge, 3″

Winchester — Model 21 Duck — 12 Gauge, 3″: 30″ SxS barrels of Winchester Proof Steel with steel bead front sight and raised matted rib choked full & full. 13 5/8″pull from single selective trigger to original Winchester red rubber recoil pad. 1 1/2″ – 2 1/2″ drop. Figured walnut stock with beavertail forend with internal brace and diamond-pattern checkering, and standard grade checkering on pistol grip. Bolstered frame with automatic ejectors and automatic top tang safety. Weight: 7lbs, 9 1/2oz. S/N: 29,9xx. Barrel date 1954. 3″ Chambers. DUCK on floorplate. 99% barrel blue. 95% receiver blue, with just enough flaking on the floorplate to show it’s real. Price: $6450

A. H. Fox ( Philly) 'B' Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set
A. H. Fox ( Philly) ‘B’ Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set

A. H. Fox ( Philly) ‘B’ Grade ejector 12 bore factory 2 bbl. set: s# 154xx, #1 bbl.30″  F/F, #2 bbl., 26″ M/Ic, double ivories on both bbls., lightly engraved bird gamescenes, factory single select trigger (scarce), ejectors, exotic premium grade American round knob walnut stock, checkered side panels,  13″ LOP over leather covered factory pad, 1 1/2″ DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH, 60% + CC, 95% bbl. blue, lightest of handling, tight as new, release lever rt. of center, neutral case, #1 & #2 bbls. have transition engraving pattern slightly diff. at breech neverthless are # 1 & 2 bbls. probably sent at later date than 1st  #1 bbl. Price: $4,699

Head scratcher: a12g A.H. Fox A grade, straight grip, 32″ bbls …

A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls

It’s rare that a twelve-gauge, A-grade Fox excites me. But when I saw this one, I started doing the mental math to figure out how to pay for it. With it’s straight grip and 32″ barrels, it’s an unusual A grade.

But even though the gun looks right, that butt stock has me scratching my head. Is it really original? Te fact that it’s “cast on” for a lefty raises questions. If I were going to add this SxS to my safe, I would be sure to take a much closer look at it (and probably order a letter from The A.H. Fox Collector’s Club).

A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun: 32″ bbls. choked tight & full, DT’s, extractor, oil finished hand checkered American walnut, 14 1/4″ LOP over factory buttplate, 1/4″ cast ‘ON’ (left handed favorable), 75% case colors, 95% bbl. blue, most minor of handling, This Fox is pure & has mountains of curb appeal (Phizazz) tight as new & all original so. Price: $3,999

A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bblsA.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls
A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls
A.H. Fox "A" Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32" bbls
A.H. Fox “A” Grade 12 bore, Philly SxS Shotgun, 32″ bbls

Auction alert: Two HE Super Foxes, a 12 & a super-rare 20 gauge…

Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman
Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman

Here are two tough-to find American doubles coming to auction. They’re both A.H. Fox HE SxS, one in 12 gauge and one in 20 gauge. Both are coming up this weekend at Amoskeag Auctions March sale.

Fox made about 300 of these HE-grade Super Fox side-by-side shotguns — just sixty in 20 gauge and the rest in 12. All of them were heavy, overbored doubles made for wildfowling with Western Cartridge’s new-at-the-time Super-X ammo.

Lot # 85: Rare A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman. Serial #202292, 20 Ga. (2 3/4”), 32” Chromox barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores showing just some faint remnants of light pitting in a couple spots with a tiny dent in the right tube near the muzzles which was professionally raised. The barrels retain about 90% original blue, the loss due to overall light fading, actually appearing much stronger undernormal ambient light. The frame is lovely and retains 75-80% original color case-hardening which is quite vivid, the belly of frame toning to a silvery case-hardened patina; it features light fancy borderline engraving with little floral sprays around the pins and screw holes.

Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman
Rare 20 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Superfox Double Ejectorgun Shipped To E.C. Crossman

The gun is stocked half-pistolgrip in a nice grade of walnut, the stock rating very good plus to near excellent with much original varnish and only minor dings and handling marks from the years. It is fitted with a more contemporary Hawkins recoil pad, added to the contour of the butt, the original pad having deteriorated with the years, the length of pull is 14 7/16” with drops of 1 1/2” and 2 7/8”; the forend is a bit darker and rates very good plus as well showing a thin sliver of bedding compound at its junction with the forend iron. The gun locks up Fox-tight with the top lever still right of center, the gun seems to operate well mechanically and the ejectors are robust; the safety is non-automatic. The included factory letter confirms the configuration and shows shipment to none other than E.C. Crossman on August 14, 1925 “for Phill Crosman” (sic). Savage historian John T. Callahan took the liberty of including copies of the original build card and job tag for the shotgun. The build card, under the “For” heading reads “E.C. Crossman”, the rear of the card showing pellet count for left and right barrels. The job tag reads on front and back: “Test Gun and send to Phill Crosman” and “Mr. Roll This Gun shoots 79% in 5 shots out of Right bbl 79 1/2% out of 5 shots in Left bbl B.Becker”, obviously from the renowned Burt Becker to Adolph Roll, Fox Sales Manager. With only sixty 20 ga. Super Fox shotguns ever made, this is a really rare and lovely Super Fox in its own right, all-the-more desireable with the connection to the famous Crossman clan. Truly a super – Super Fox. Estimate: $8000 – $10000.

12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.
12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.

Lot # 386: A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun: Serial #29562, 12 Ga. (3”), 30” barrels choked full and full with bright excellent bores. The barrels retain about 98% excellent quality restored blue finish with some light muzzle wear and a remnant or two of light pitting beneath. The frame is lovely retaining 99% restored vibrant color case-hardening with the familiar light H-grade borderline engraving and makers name; the triggerguard shows excellent blue as well. The round knob pistolgrip buttstock rates excellent as professionally refinished with evidence of a repaired crack at left and right of top tang; it seems to have been effective and the stock seems sound and will not flex. The splinter forend is in a similar state of condition and both show perfectly chased checkering.

12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.
12 gauge A. H. Fox He Grade Super Fox Boxlock Double Ejectorgun.

The length of pull to the grooved hard rubber buttplate is 14 1/8” with drops of 1 5/8” and 3” (although the factory letter indicates 2 3/4”, the stock appears original in all respects). The safety is non-automatic and two of the screws show some light slot damage…they are not quite regulated and clearly someone with an incorrect width blade attempted to turn them. The gun locks up tightly with the top lever still right of center and the gun seems to operate properly mechanically. The included factory letter verifies the configuration and shows shipment in September of 1925 to W. R. Burkhard Co. (St. Paul Minn.). Really an excellent as-restored Super Fox that should be taken back afield for some waterfowl bustin in the fall seasons. Estimate: $2500 – $4000

This week’s good guns: Powered by Gunsinternational.com…

Parker DHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun (Remington Era)
Parker DHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun (Remington Era)

Parker DHE 28ga SxS Skeet Gun (Remington Era): A beautiful RARE 28ga DHE Skeet gun has 26in barrels  skeet in /skeet out has a 00 Frame  single trigger Beavertail straight english stock to a checkered butt  gorgeous wood  one mark otherwis mint silver oval  no initials  98% easy case colors and blue. Price: $49,000

BERETTA – SO5 / SO3EELL – Hand Detachable Locks – Checkered Butt – Like New: 1970 12ga, 26″, IC / IC (.008 / .011), LOP 14-9/16″, Drop 1-7/16 to 2-3/8, Neutral Cast, Weight 6 lbs. 6 oz. 100% Coverage – Hand Engraved. Hand Detachable Sidelock. Gold Crown Inlay. Pierced Top Lever. Hand Filed Rib. Ivory Sights. Single Selective Trigger. Checkered Butt. Excellent weight and chokes for a 12ga Upland Game Gun. Condition is “Like New.” Price: $8,500

BERETTA - SO5 / SO3EELL - Hand Detachable Locks - Checkered Butt - Like New
BERETTA – SO5 / SO3EELL – Hand Detachable Locks – Checkered Butt – Like New
LC SMITH Model 5E SXS 12 GA
LC SMITH Model 5E SXS 12 GA

LC SMITH Model 5E  SXS  12 GA: Serial #205881, 30″ bbls, F&F, 2 1/2″ chambers, Hunter one trigger, Straight Grip, Splinter Forearm, Matted Concave Rib, Casehardened Receiver, Game Scene Cameos Engraving, Vintage Hawkins pad, EXC. Condition, 7#15oz, 1 1/2″ x 2 5/8″ x 14″ with 1/8 cast off. This is a high condition original gun. Price $8,000

A. H. Fox, A Grade, 20 Gauge, Side-by-Side – Gorgeous: 26″ BARRELS, FULL & MODIFIED, 99% BRIGHT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS.  ATTRACTIVE DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, SOME BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, BEAVERTAIL FOREARM, ABOUT PERFECT WOOD AND CHECKERING, 100% TRIGGER GUARD BLUE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 3/8″ X 14″, 6 POUNDS 2 OUNCES.  GORGEOUS LITTLE FOX MADE IN 1922. Price: $6,500

A. H. Fox, A Grade, 20 Gauge, Side-by-Side - Gorgeous
A. H. Fox, A Grade, 20 Gauge, Side-by-Side – Gorgeous
ITHACA 1916 FLUES HAMMERLESS 4E GRADE 12GA. 3" SHOTGUN 98% PLUS ORIGINAL CONDITION
ITHACA 1916 FLUES HAMMERLESS 4E GRADE 12GA. 3″ SHOTGUN 98% PLUS ORIGINAL CONDITION

ITHACA 1916 FLUES HAMMERLESS 4E GRADE 12GA. 3″ SHOTGUN 98% PLUS ORIGINAL CONDITION: ITHACA 1916 FLUES 4E GRADE HAMMERLESS 12GA. SHOTGUN,S/N 2719XX. 28″ SOLID RIB BARRELS WITH EXCELLENT BORES AND 2 IVORY BEADS.3″ CHAMBERS,CHOKED MODIFIED (.017) CONSTRICTION AND IMPROVED CYLINDER (.007) CONSTRICTION.99% ORIGINAL BARREL BLUE.FIGURED AMERICAN WALNUT WITH BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL FLUE DE LEA CHECKERING WITH BLACK TIP FOREARM,PISTOL GRIP CAP AND GOLD SHIELD.L.O.P. IS 14 1/2″ OVER SOLID RUBBER PAD,D.A.H. IS 2 7/8″ AND D.A.C. IS 1 7/8″ WITH NEUTRAL CAST.GUN WEIGHS 7 LBS. ORIGINAL GOLD DOUBLE TRIGGERS WITHOUT ANY WEAR.GUN LOOKS TO HAVE BEEN FIRED EXTREMELY LITTLE.ENGRAVED RECEIVER WITH 85% PLUS ORIGINAL VIVID CASE COLOR REMAINING,HAS DOG AND BIRD SCENES.A SUPER ORIGINAL CONDITION 4E 1916 12GA. SHOTGUN. Price: $4,250

Auction alert: L.C. Smith Crown, Parker AHE & VHE, Fox XE, Winchester 21s..

Alderfer Auction & Appraisal in Hatfield, PA, is having a firearms sale tomorrow, July 15, 2014,  @12:00 PM EST. If you’re into American side-by-sides, this is a sale you’ll want to check out. There are nice guns by L.C. Smith, Parker Bros., A.H. Fox, Winchesters, and Ithaca. Here are a few of the ones that caught my eye:

20g LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
20g LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 120: LC Smith Crown Grade side by side double barrel shotgun: 20 ga. 26″ bbls. IM/Full chokes. SN 6421E. Blued finish on barrels, ejectors, Hunter Selective single trigger, full case colored receiver and locks, side locks are highly engraved with game dog scenes, excellent bores, white bead front and middle sights, middle bead is slightly worn, checkered walnut stock and forend show little to no handling marks, rubber buttplate, top of barrel rib is checkered and is stamped “Made to Order by the Fulton Arms Co Fulton NY”. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .620, left – .619. Bore restrictions: right – .020, left – .022. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-3/4″. Weight: 5 lbs. 10 oz. LOP: 13-5/16″ over 1″ silvers type pad. Estimated Price: $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 121: Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 32″ bbls. Full/Full chokes. SN 222427. Blued finish on barrels, excellent bores, full case colored engraved receiver showing hunting dog on both sides, ejectors, double triggers, steel bead front sight, white bead middle sight, engraved barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Merideth CT USA Titanic Steel”, walnut stock and forend show little to no handling marks, Parker Bros marked black pistol grip cap, leather buttpad. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .622, left – .622. Bore restrictions: right – .027, left – .026. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-5/8″. Weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz. LOP: 14-5/16″ over 1-1/4″ leather covered pad. Estimated Price: $6,000 – $10,000

Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun.
20g Parker Bros DHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun, 32″ bbls
20g Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
20g Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 122: Parker Bros BHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 20 ga. 25-7/8″ bbls. Skeet/IM chokes. SN 166563. Reblued finish on barrels, barrels have been shortened by a little bit, single bead steel front sight, nearly full case colored receiver, receiver is highly engraved with a pair of hunting dogs on both sides, bores are slightly dirty but look good, double triggers, straight grip checkered walnut stock and forend show very minor handling marks, barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Meriden Conn ACME Steel”, original skeleton buttplate. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .625, left – .628. Bore restrictions: right – .004, left – .021. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Drop at comb: 1-7/8″, drop at heel: 3-1/2″. Weight: 5 lbs. 14 oz. LOP: 14″ over skeleton butt. Estimated Price: $12,000 – $16,000

28g Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
28g Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 123: Parker Bros AHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 28 ga. 26″ bbls. Modified/Full chokes. SN 188861. Original blued finish on metal, over 70% original case color, “00” frame, some very small spots of light oxidation on underside of receiver, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks with a few being deep, receiver shows quail game scene on left side and pheasant scene on right, underside engraving shows hunting dog, barrel rib is stamped “Parker Bros Makers Meriden Conn ACME Steel”, lever mechanism sometimes sticks preventing the gun from closing, simply pushing lever to the right allows gun to close, single steel bead front sight, double triggers, skeleton buttplate. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .560, left – .556. Bore restrictions: right – .016, left – .023. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 1-5/8″, drop at heel: 2-5/8″. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. LOP: 14-1/16″ over skeleton buttplate. Estimated Price: $30,000 – $40,000

AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.
AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga.

Lot 125: AH Fox XE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 12 ga. 30″ bbls. Modified/Full chokes. SN 25397. Blued finish on barrels, excellent bores, Kautzky single selective trigger, white bead front and middle sights, highly engraved receiver shows grouse scene on left side, duck scene on right and a fox scene on underside, approximately 40% of case color remaining, checkered walnut stock shows little to no handling marks, right side of stock does have a small stress crack just behind receiver, appears to be restocked but the forearm appears to be original, after market rubber buttpad. Slight dent in left barrel forward of forend. Left side barrel is stamped “Made by AH Fox Gun Co Phila PA USA”, right side barrel is stamped “Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel”. All serial numbers match. Bore diameter: right – .731, left – .730. Bore restrictions: right – .023, left – .039. Chambers: 2-1/2″. Drop at comb: 2″, drop at heel: 3-1/8″. Weight: 7 lbs. 7 oz. LOP: 14″ over 1″ Old English pad. Very good. Estimated Price: $3,000 – $5,000

28g Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun
28g Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun

Lot 137: Parker Bros VHE Grade side by side double barrel shotgun. 28 ga. 26″ bbls. Skeet/M chokes. SN 145394. Blued finish on barrels, little to no case color left on receiver, newer checkered walnut stock by Remington and forend show little to no handling marks, bores are slightly dirty but look good, double triggers, steel bead front sight, black pistol-grip cap has the engraved name of prior owner, checkered black plastic buttplate is intact. All serial numbers match. Barrel rib is stamped “Parker Brothers Makers Meriden Conn Vulcan Steel”. Bore diameter: right – .556, left – .559. Bore restrictions: right – .004, left – .012. Chambers: 2-3/4″. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz. 0 Frame. Excellent. Estimated Price: $6,000 – $12,000

Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga
Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga

Lot 138: Ithaca Grade 4E side by side double barrel shotgun. 16 ga. 30″ bbls. Full/Modified chokes. SN 326745. Blued finish on metal, full case colored receiver, receiver shows a few small areas of light freckling, bores are very dirty, underside of barrel shows an area where the factory sling attachment has been removed and stock shows a hole where the sling stud would have been, double triggers have an oxidized green finish, checkered walnut stock and forend show handling marks, factory black plastic buttplate shows minor chips. All serial numbers match. Estimated Price: $500 – $900

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