This week’s 5 doubles you don’t want to miss…

 

Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener -- 29" 1908 gun
Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun

Beautiful James Purdey 16ga Self Opener — 29″ 1908 gun: Ic/Ic .006/.010 — 1908 Best quality and Cased with original trade label and charge card — 2 1/2 ” lightweight gun 5lbs 13oz — super engraving that still shows a considerable amount of original color — straight hand stock with excellent dimensions 14 1/4  1 1/2 x  2 3/16  to checked butt. A wonderful gun to carry afield. The heyday of Purdey production. .028 thous in both tubes. This little gun carries like a 28ga. Gun is in the Purdey log book as listed. 14 1/4″ x 1 1/2 ” x  2 3/16″  checkered butt. 5lbs 13oz. Price: $29,500

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28" Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:
1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original:

1926 AH FOX CE 20 Gauge, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls., 100% Original: SxS boxlock w/ Game scene engraved case hardened action, 28″ Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel bbls. w/ 2 1/2″ chambers, Filed concave rib w/ double ivory beads, Chokes: Right .621 / .009 / M & Left .623 / .021 / F, Double triggers, Automatic ejectors, Automatic safety, Well figured straight grip stock w/ original buttplate, Splinter forearm, Stock Dimensions: DC: 1 9/16″ x DH: 2 7/8″ x Cast: 3/8″ OFF at Heel x LOP: 14 3/4″, Weight: 5 lb. 13 oz., Condition: 100% Original unaltered condition, 99%+ Original Blue, case colors and stock finish, Made in USA circa 1926, Serial #202682. Price: $20,000.

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT'S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE
WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250-3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE

WEBLEY & SCOTT DOUBLE RIFLE IN .250 3000 CALIBER IN IT’S ORIGINAL LEATHER CASE: .250-3000 Savage caliber, 28″ barrels with five-leaf express sight.  Engraved and casehardened  Anson and Deeley box lock receiver.  Top lever, extractors, and double triggers.  Checkered splinter forend and pistol grip buttstock with cheekpiece and leather pad.   LOP: 14 1/4″. Weight: 8lbs 6oz.   In beautiful original condition retaining all of the barrel blue, vivid case colors and excellent stock and checkering.  Mint bores. In it’s original leather luggage case with canvas cover. Price: $18,500

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN
CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN

CONNECTICUT SHOTGUN MFG CO RBL LAUNCH EDITION 20GA S/S SHOTGUN: CASE COLORED ACTION WITH SCROLL, 28″ BBLS, 2 3/4, MULTI CHOKES, STANDARD RIB, EJECTORS, SST, 3X WALNUT STOCK, PISTOL GRIP, SMALL BEAVERTAIL FOREND, LOP 14 3/8, 1 1/2, 2 3/8, 6LBS 9OZ, CASED WITH ALL ACCESSORIES, AS NEW! Price: $3,695

A & F - 1970 - F.lli. Rizzini - BLNE 20ga, 26", 3", IC / M
A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M

A & F – 1970 – F.lli. Rizzini – BLNE 20ga, 26″, 3″, IC / M: Extractors, Double Triggers, Prince or Wales Grip, LOP 14-3/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-5/8″, Neutral Cast, Weight 5 lbs. 15 oz. Price: $2650

Auction alert: CE grade A.H. Fox, 12g & 16g…

Fox CE Grade, from 1937-39 Savage-era catalog
Fox CE Grade, from 1937-39 Savage-era catalog

If you’re a Fox fan, these two SxSs are going to make you drool. One’s a 16g and the other’s a 12g. Both look like CEs, and they’re coming to auction this Friday, May 20, @ Cottone Auctions.

Fox considered the CE to be a high-grade gun. In 1931, retailers asked $100 for it — more than twice the price of Sterlingworth with ejectors and a little less than a Parker GHE. The same year, a sidelock W. & C. Scott Premier cost $1,000.

Today, CE grade Foxes like the ones you see here are very collectible — especially the 16g. Fox made very few of them, and to see two with this kind of original condition is a treat.

16 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, original blueing & finish, 26″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #302043

16 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, original blueing & finish, 26" barrels, 2 3/4" chamber. Serial #302043
16 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, original blueing & finish, 26″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #302043

12 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #12031. Checkered grip. Highly figured stock. Original bluing & finish.

12 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, 30" barrels, 2 3/4" chamber. Serial #12031. Checkered grip. Highly figured stock. Original bluing & finish.
12 gauge Ansley H. Fox, Philadelphia CE grade Double Barrel Shotgun, Vintage, 30″ barrels, 2 3/4″ chamber. Serial #12031. Checkered grip. Highly figured stock. Original bluing & finish.

Rare! A.H. Fox CEs in 16g & 20g, both with 28″ barrels …

A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 20 GA
A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 20 GA

Here are two rare doubles that Cabela’s recently listed. CE-grade Fox shotguns are not easy to find — especially in 16 & 20 gauge. That being said, I think these two are priced very aggressively. Even though they appear to be in nice, original condition, $20,000 is a lot to for either one — especially the 16.

Here’s more about A.H. Fox C-grade shotguns from the Fox Collectors website”

FROM: “The FOX GUN” ( A.H. Fox “Wood Grain” Catalog A.H. Fox Gun Company, Philadelphia, Pa.)

A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 16 GA
A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 16 GA

This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade.

It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.

THE BARRELS are a high quality of Chromox Fluid Steel. They are guaranteed both for accurate shooting and great strength. THE STOCK is a choice selection of dark, curly Walnut. The grain is beautifully brought out in the hand rubbed oil finish. THE ENGRAVING is the work of an artist. It stands out clear and beautiful in design. THE CHECKERING is of fine diamond pattern on grip, panels and forend.

The regular “CE” Grade FOX is equipped with automatic ejector. We carry in stock with half or full pistol grip, but will be made to order at no extra charge with straight grip.

26-, 28-, 30- & 32-inch barrel

Weight 5 3/4 to 7 lbs- 16 gauge

Weight 5 1/2 to 6 3/4 lbs- 20 gauge

A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 16 GAPrice: $19,999.99

Manufacturer: S/N 302XXX

A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 16 GA
A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 16 GA

Caliber: 16 GA
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Excellent
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut
Stock Dimensions:
14 1/8″ LOP – 1 3/4″ DAC – 3″ DAH
Fore End: Checkered Walnut
Butt Pad: Black Hard Rubber
Weight: 6 LB

A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 20 GAPrice: $19,999.99

Manufacturer: S/N 203XXX

A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 20 GA
A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS Shotgun ~ 20 GA

Caliber: 20 GA
Chambers: 2 1/2″ with Ejectors
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Excellent
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Double
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip with Black Cap
Stock Dimensions:
14″ LOP – 1 1/2″ DAC – 2 1/2″ DAH
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter
Butt Pad: Black Hard Rubber
Weight: 6 LB

A really nice A.H. Fox CE in 12 gauge…

A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Original condition is something I love to see, and there’s a lot of it on this super nice A.H. Fox CE grade12 gauge  double barrel shotgun.

Ansley H. Fox’s started making “The Finest Gun in the World” under the A.H. Fox Gun Company name in 1905 and the C grade was one of the first models offered. In 1906, a C was a $100 shotgun. In 1927 when the one you see here was delivered, the price was up to $107.30. Here’s more about this gun from the seller:

A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN: This is another Outstanding Original Collector Quality gun from my collection. I purchased it long ago from the original owner’s family but have misplaced their information. The gun comes with the ORIGINAL FOX HANG TAG. It has 28″ barrels with Right Bore at .730″ with .022″ constriction (Mod) and Left Bore at .729″ with .042″ constriction (Full). The barrels have twin Ivory Beads. Pistol Grip Stock with Splinter Fore end. LOP is 14 1/4″, DAH 2 3/4″ and DAC 1 5/8″. The gun weighs 7 pounds 3 ounces. The gun has 30% to 40% Case Color in exterior areas, full Case Color everywhere else. Bluing on barrels is 100%. Bluing on Trigger Guard is about 75%. The wood is perfect with no dents, scratches or cracks and has 100% Finish. The engraving is breath taking, clear and sharp. Price: $5,250

A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX CE 12 GAUGE DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN

Original or redone? So that A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge is…

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

Thanks to everyone who responded to my Original or Redone post about the 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge shotgun. For everyone who is wondering, the gun is…all original.

Like I said in my first post, 20g CE-grade Fox shotguns are rare doubles — especially in this kind of condition. The 30″ barrels are also nice, and super hard to find in a small bore Philadelphia Fox.

This fantastic little side-by-side sold for $18,630 at James D. Julia Auctioneer’s October 1st & 2nd, 2012. Here’s the entire listing from the sale:

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

EXCEPTIONAL INVESTMENT QUALITY FOX CE SINGLE TRIGGER 20 GAUGE GAME GUN: SN 202627. (1926) Cal. 20 ga. 2-5/8″ Chambers. 30″ Bbls with concave, matted game rib, fitted with two ivory beads, is stamped “CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL” and “MADE BY A. H. FOX GUNS CO. PHILA. PA. U. S. A.” on tops. Breech ends of bbls are engraved with 1-5/8″ triangles of simple scroll. Bbl flats are stamped with grade, and SN. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with “3″. Case hardened small frame ejector action is fitted with automatic safety and Kautzky single selective trigger. Action is engraved with typical “C” grade birds in ovals surrounded by 60% coverage medium scroll. A setter is engraved in circle on bottom of action. “ANSLEY H. FOX” is engraved in arches over game scenes. Trigger guard bow is engraved with vacant scrolled riband. SN is at grip. Nicely streaked and lightly figured European walnut semi-pistol grip buttstock measures 13-1/2″ over original ribbed composition buttplate. Stock has standard point pattern checkering with beaded borders at grip and side panels. Matching splinter ejector forend has inset ebony tip and Fox Deeley type release. Bore diameter: left -.617, right -.615. Bore restrictions: left -.027, right -.027. Wall thickness: left -.030, right -.030. Drop at heel: 2″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Weight: 6 lbs. 1 oz, LOP 13-1/2″.

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

CONDITION: Exceptionally fine. Bbls retain 98% orig lustrous blue, with a few scattered minor marks. Action retains nearly all of its orig case hardening color, thinning slightly on bottom. Thumbpiece of top lever is silvered on left side. Forend latch retains most of its case color, silvered slightly overall. Trigger guard retains nearly all of its orig blue. Stocks are also untouched, with a few very minor marks, with the slightest of wear to the checkering of forend. Bores are excellent, bright and shiny throughout, with no visible imperfections. Action is tight. Ejectors are in time. Trigger works. An incredible, untouched, long bbl small bore Fox.

Original or redone? An A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge, 30″ barrels…

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

Graded, smallbore Foxes are special shotguns. While A.H. Fox did make a lot of doubles, the vast majority most  were 12 gauges. When it comes to 16 gauges and 20 gauges, “The Most Perfectly Proportioned Small-Gauge Gun Ever Built,” the vast majority were Sterlingworths, the company’s entry level, field-grade model.

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

The first smallbore Fox shotgun – a 20 gauge CE #200,011 – left the factory on September 17, 1912. Fox’s graded guns ran  As, Bs, Cs, Xs, Ds & Fs., and according to a Fox catalog from 1925  the C was “In every respect…a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.” Fox made just 413 C-grades in 20 gauge, and the one you see here left the factory in 1926. While there’s no question that it’s a rare gun, what do you think about the finish on the barrels, action, and wood? Original, or refinished? Take a close look and let me know what you think. I’ll let you know the answer in the next couple days.

A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun

Good gun alert: A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge…

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

Fox’s C-grade double barrel shotguns have always seemed like a good balance between too little and too much finish. The grades about them (the DE, XE, & FEs) are bit too done up for my taste, while the Sterlingworths, AEs, & BEs can be plain.

The one you see here is a good example of what I mean. The engraving is just enough to keep things interesting without being gaudy, and the wood is appealing with screaming “FIGURE” and stealing the whole show. In their 1925 catalog, A.H. Fox has this say about  their C-grade shotguns:

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

“This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.

THE BARRELS are a high quality of Chromox Fluid Steel. They are guaranteed both for accurate shooting and great strength. THE STOCK is a choice selection of dark, curly Walnut. The grain is beautifully brought out in the hand rubbed oil finish. THE ENGRAVING is the work of an artist. It stands out clear and beautiful in design. THE CHECKERING is of fine diamond pattern on grip, panels and forend…”

Here’s more about this one from the seller:

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 GA: 30″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Modified & Full, 14 3/8″ LOP, 7 3/4lbs. Action shows case color in protected areas and barrel blue remains at 90%. Bores are bright and excellent! Wood is free of cracks with light use marks and has been fitted with an aftermarket pad. Small chip is missing at top right corner behind reciever. Lockup is tight. Price: $3,999

A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

 

Auction alert: 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE double barrel shotgun…

A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun.
A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun.

Here’s your chance to pick up a rare double by one of America’s most collectible gunmakers. This A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge is coming up on Saturday, Jun 15, at Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA.

Fox’s Cs were mid-grade shotguns, a little fancy and sort of affordable. Finding one in 20 gauge is not an easy feat, and I bet this one will well above the estimate. Here are the full details on this SxS from the auctioneer:

A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun.
A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun.

Lot 174: A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial #: 202315. Manufactured date: 1910. Barrel length: 26″. Chamber length: 2-1/2″. Choke dimension: M & IC. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2-1/2″. Drop on the toe: 1-1/2″. Excellent shiny bores with a few frecklings of rust on barrels. Receiver shows trace of case coloring. Exceptional example of an “Ansley Fox” made in Philadelphia. Chromux fluid compressed steel. Barrels not factory length. Originality: 95%.
Condition (Fine). Estimate: $2,500-$4,000

A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun.
A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun.

 

Good gun alert: a 12 gauge Fox CE double barrel shotgun…

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32" bbls
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls

The A.H. Fox & Company was one America’s most famous gunmakers. Today, their doubles are some of the most collectible side-by-sides out there.

Like other makers, Fox offered their guns in a range of grades, from the entry level Sterlingworths to their over-the-top FEs.

The shotgun you see here is a C grade — Fox’s middle-grade double — and it looks like it’s in decent original condition. It’s on Gunbroker.com now with no reserve.

If you like it, get on it soon. The auction ends on 6/1/2013 @ 6:10:00 PM ET. Demand for it is strong and it looks like it will go north of $4000.

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32" bbls
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls

Here are the details on it from the seller:

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls: Factory card shows that S/N 26476 left the factory in the same current configuration as it is today. Barrels 32″ Full pistol grip Choked M&M when it left the factory Chokes today are .028 and .028 Weight 7lbs. 11 oz. Drop at heel 2 7/8″ LOP 14 1/8″ Ejectors Ivory front bead Bores are in very good condition. Wood is not cracked, only one small repair which can be seen in the picture of the forend, and a dent at the front of the comb. A fair amount of case coloring in the protected areas. I have personally hunted with this gun and it operates, ejects, and shoots flawlessly.

12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32" bbls
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls

Good Gun Alert: another A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge, WInchester M21 20 gauge

A.H. Fox 20g CE grade double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox 20g CE grade double barrel shotgun

Here’s a quick alert on a couple double barrel shotguns I just came across. These guns are at Gunrunner Online Auctions and there are a few other nice side-by-side and over-unders there, too.

-An A.H. Fox CE Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun with 26″ steel barrels, . Serial #201055, mfg. 1918.

-Winchester Model 21 “Tournament Skeet”, 20 ga. side by side, 26″, mfg. 1936. Straight grip checkered stock with checkered butt. Single selective trigger. Ejectors.

UPDATE:  The Fox brought $7580, the M21 $6990.

Winchester Model 21 Tournament Skeet grade double barrel shotgun
Winchester Model 21 Tournament Skeet grade double barrel shotgu

Good gun alert: A.H. Fox CE 20 gauge double barrel shotgun…

 

A.H. Fox 20 gauge CE grade double barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox 20 gauge CE grade double barrel shotgun

Here’s a side-by-side you don’t see every day. It’s a 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE double barrel shotgun and it’s being auctioned off at Little John’s on Wednesday, May 23. The C grade was Fox’s mid-grade gun. From one of their catalogs: “This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.”

Fox introduced 16 & 20 gauge guns around 1911-1912 and the company called their new smallbores “The most perfectly proportioned small-gauge gun ever built.” A lot of Fox collectors would agree with this statement, and because Fox made so few graded 20 gauges, this CE is sure to attract a ton of interest. Add in it’s condition and the presence of the original hang tag and this side-by-side could each go for $10,000+.

 

Original or Redone – Fox CE 12g?

Holy smokes! Check out this Fox CE 12 gauge double barrel shotgun (4 pictures below). It’s owner just posted this string about it in the forum on the Fox Collector’s Site.

This gun threw me when I first saw it. It was completed in 1912, so it’s almost 100 years old and it looks like it was made yesterday. Just look at all that color – 100% – and hardly any fading at all. And then there’s the amazing condition of the wood/checkering and the uniformity of the blueing on the barrels. There’ s almost no wear – anywhere. This old side-by-side has barely been used.

Fox CE 12 gauge SxS shotgun - bottom of action

Original Fox CE 12 gauge double barrel shotgun - toplever view

Original Fox CE 12g Double Barrel Shotgun - side view

Fox CE 12 gauge double barrel side-by-side shotgun - butt stock

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