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

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3" BPE Cased
JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased

JOHN DICKSON & SON Round Body Sidelever Express .577 3″ BPE Cased SxS Double Rifle: Serial #  3854, Country of Origin: Scotland, Barrel Length (in Inches)  28″ Steel barrels
Trigger  DT (Double), Stock Configuration  Capped Pistol Grip with sculptured steel cap, Cheek piece, Steel Heel & Toe plates with checkered butt, Forearm Type  Splinter Forearm with lever release, Rib Type  Level Flat Rib with express sights(1 standing and 1 folding), Receiver Finish  Casehardened
Engraving Type  Fine Scroll Engraving, Other Options  Cocking indicators, Automatic safety, Silver oval, Sling swivels, Original maker’s leather motor case, Condition  EXC. Plus Condition, Weight 10#10oz, Dimensions  14″ LOP, Other Details  Mfg 1884, Spotless mirror bores. Price: $50,000

Excellent Pre-War JP Sauer ( Berlin) Clamshell Double Rifle in 9.3x74R
Excellent Pre-War JP Sauer ( Berlin) Clamshell Double Rifle in 9.3x74R

Excellent Pre-War JP Sauer ( Berlin) Clamshell Double Rifle in 9.3x74R: Pre-war gun made in Berlin in excellent condition in Caliber 9.3x74R. 25″ barrel with perfect bores, express sights and ramped front sight. Comes with claw mounts and a leupold 1.5-5X scope. Both barrels and the action are marked “JP Sauer and Sohn, Berlin”. Has a nice horn insert in the forearm tip. Nice wood with an even finish. Clean checkering too. Oval is engraved with a “B”. It has a nice cartridge trap for four cartridges. Horn buttplate. Some remaining case color on the action too. SN is 3657. Price: $11,500

A.H. FOX CE 12ga 26” SxS Skeet/IC
A.H. FOX CE 12ga 26” SxS Skeet/IC

A.H. FOX CE 12ga 26” SxS Skeet/IC: Nicely figured straight grip stock, Hawkins pad, kautsky single selective trigger, splinter forend with ebony insert, 35,xxx Philadelphia gun, game rib, auto ejectors, crisp and sharp engraving, 99% case coloring, wood finish and bluing, a great and rare gun. 7 lb. 6 oz. 14 1/4” x 1 3/8” x 2 1/4” Price: $8,995

Pre-War JP Sauer Grade 40 SXS 12 ga
Pre-War JP Sauer Grade 40 SXS 12 ga

Pre-War JP Sauer Grade 40 SXS 12 ga: Very nice Grade 40 in 12 ga; barrels are 28″ long and without any issues. Left bore is choked IM and the right is choked IC.  2 3/4″ chambers, barrel flats/ water table are marked “PRUSSIA”. Single bead on a nicely machined rib. Both bores are very shiny. Action is scalloped and fenced, and with beautiful full coverage engraving. (I’m waiting to hear from Hendrick, in Germany, about the gun.) Photos are accurate, leather covered pad. LOP is 14 3/4″ and the DAC is 1 1/2″. DAH is 3″. No cracks, splits or gouges to the wood and no pitting or rust anywhere on the gun. This is a very handsome piece! Price: $7,500

Ithaca / SKB Model 680 OU 20-Gauge Shotgun
Ithaca / SKB Model 680 OU 20-Gauge Shotgun

Ithaca / SKB Model 680 OU 20-Gauge Shotgun: 20 ga. 3 inch chambered over and under has 28 inch vent rib barrels choked full and modified. Rib has center bead and Ray-Bar front bead. Checkered walnut straight grip stock with original butt plate. Coin finish engraved receiver has gold single selective trigger and automatic ejectors. Tight action and excellent bores. Barrel blue is 99% and the receiver has quite a bit of fading. Wood finish is 90-95%. Price: $1495

Rare gun alert: 16g A.H. Fox SPE Skeet and Upland Game Gun …

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS
16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS

Here’s one of the rarest American SxSs you’ll see. It’s a 16g A.H. Fox SPE, Skeet and Upland Game.  Introduced in 1932, the SPs (SPecials) were designed to be streamlined versions of regular Fox shotguns. They came in two models: standards ones that were unengraved and had pistol grips and Skeet & Upland Game Guns like you see here, which had a straight grip, a beavertail forend, and a bit of scroll engraving on the action. Both models came with ejectors or without ejectors (SPE or SP).

From an A.H. Fox catalog, 1935
From an A.H. Fox catalog, 1935

From 1935 catalog: SP Grade Skeet and Upland Game Gun 12, 16, 20 gauge

“The Fox SP Grade Skeet and Upland Game Gun is an arm with black gun-metal finish frame, handsomely engraved; imported walnut stock and forend with fine mesh checkering. The length and boring of barrels are correct for use on quail, partridge, woodcock, and other upland game birds at ranges up to 35 yards. These specifications are also correct for skeet shooting.”

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS
16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS: Extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE. I am told only about 48 SPE Foxes were made in 16 gauge. This gun SN 303359 has 26″ barrels with very good original blue and excellent bores. There is one minor ding on the left barrel near the muzzle. Straight grip stock with a 14 1/8″ LOP to the end of a worn leather covered pad. This Fox weighs 6.48 lbs on my digital scale with a DAC of 1 5/8″ and a DAH of 2 3/4″. The single trigger and BTF ejectors all function properly. This is a very nice gun. Price: $6500 

Extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE.
Extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE.
Copy of the order tag for an extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE.
Copy of the order tag for an extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE.

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

 

James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30" Hammergun (2 1/2" Chambers)
James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30″ Hammergun (2 1/2″ Chambers)

James Purdey Bar-in-Wood 12ga/30″ Hammergun (2 1/2″ Chambers): Serial #120XX — If you are looking for a high-quality hammer gun in excellent condition look no further. This gun is good and tight with modern shooting dimensions and what appears to be the correct case. 30″ barrels are choke CYL/CYL (.002″/.002″) with original 2 1/2″ chambers proofed 1 1/8″. This is a very nice gun overall. Price: $9,750

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS
16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS

16 Gauge Fox Special SPE SXS: Extremely rare Fox 16 gauge SPE. I am told only about 48 SPE Foxes were made in 16 gauge. This gun SN 303359 has 26″ barrels with very good original blue and excellent bores. There is one minor ding on the left barrel near the muzzle. Straight grip stock with a 14 1/8″ LOP to the end of a worn leather covered pad. This Fox weighs 6.48 lbs on my digital scale with a DAC of 1 5/8″ and a DAH of 2 3/4″. The single trigger and BTF ejectors all function properly. This is a very nice gun. Price: $6500 

Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun
Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun

Rizzini ~ Artemis ~ 28 Gauge ~ OU ~ Game Gun: New with original case. Manufactured: Circa 2017, Caliber: 28 Gauge, Chambers: 2 3/4″, Metal Condition: New, Wood Condition: New, Bore Condition: New, Barrels: 28″ Blues Steel with Ventilated Rib, Triggers: Single Selective Trigger with Ejectors, Stock: Deluxe Checkered Walnut Round Knob Butt Stock , Stock Dimensions: LOP: 14 3/8″, Fore End: Checkered Walnut, Butt Pad: Wood Butt Plate, Weight: 5 lbs. 10 ozs., Sights: Single Brass Bead, Chokes: Rizzini Choke Tubes: Full, Improved Modified, Modified, Improved Cylinder & Cylinder. Price: $3,999.99 

Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrels
Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrels

Browning Citori Lightning Gr. 3, 16 ga., 28 in. barrelsInvector chokes (3). Used but extremely great condition with Box & Manual. Beautiful Wood & Engraving. Price: $3275.00 Shipped 

BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT
BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT

BERNARDELLI GAMECOCK 28GA SXS EXCELLENT: A very nice game gun ready for field or range. Gun is good to go with no issues and in Excellent condition! Chambers: 2 3/4″, Condition: EXCELLENT, Metal Condition: EXCELLENT, Wood Condition: EXCELLENT, Bore Condition: EXCELLENT, Barrels: 25 5/8IN (65MM), Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN, Stock Heel: 2 3/8 IN, Butt Pad: ORIGINAL, LOP: 14 1/4″, Weight: 5LBS 11OZ, Choke Left: MOD, Choke Right: IMP/CYL. Price: $1895

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

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!

5 doubles you don’t want to miss …

 

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:
A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE:

A. GALAZAN BEST PINLESS SIDELOCK SXS 20 GAUGE: RICHARD ROY ENGRAVED, 29″ SELF OPENER 005 AND 015 2 3/4 CHAMBERS, SINGLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM, ENGLISH GRIP, CHECKERED BUTT WITH ENGRAVED HEEL AND TOE PLATES, 6LBS 1 OZ, 2 1/4″ DAH, 1 1/2″ DAC, 14 3/8″ LOP.  Price: $37,500

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:
F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun:

F.lli Piotti 20g King No.1 Sidelock Ejector Side-by-Side Shotgun: H&H pattern bar action sidelock ejector, case colored with very well cut engraving of rose bouquets and the finest English style scroll. Platinum cocking indicators, non-auto safety, and two triggers — the front one being hinged.
Nicely figured Turkish walnut stock has a straight hand, diamond-shaped grip and splinter forend with an Anson pushrod release.29″ Chopper Lump barrels,  3″ chambers: 3″ (76mm). Choke Left: .020″, Choke Right: .010″. Very fine and expertly cut checkering with Mullered borders. 14 9/16″ LOP over a 1″ Pachmayr pad.  Manufactured in 1996 (“BH” date code) the gun has 29″ chopper lump steel barrels with a raised concave matted rib and are choked IC/M. Price: $15,000

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair
Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair

Williams Evans 12 Gauge Sidelock Ejector SxS Matched Pair: 28″ barrels, light modified & modified, perfect bores, 2 3/4″ chambers, cased, excellent plus. Price: $12,000. 

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:
Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS:

Fox Sterlingworth 16Ga SxS: Serial Number: 365631, Barrels: 28″, Chokes: Mod/Full. Price: $1,900

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S
Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S

Ithaca SKB Mod. 100 20ga 28 in. S x S: Barrels choked F / M. Single select trigger. Non-ejector. Engraved scalloped boxlock action in extremely good condition. Wood has some handling marks. Very nice shotgun. 14 in. LOP to factory butt plate. Price: $1350

12g Fox HE & Sterlingworth Wildfowl: Coming up at PoulinAuctions.com …

What’s the greatest double-barrel duck gun ever made in America? A lot of people think it’s the two models you see here: An A.H. Fox HE and a Fox Sterlingworth Wildfowl. Both of the ones you see here are coming up this Saturday in Poulin Auctions 10/20/18 sale. Check out the info and video below to find out more about them.

12G A.H. FOX HE GRADE SUPER FOX SXS SHOTGUN, Coming up at PoulinAuctions.com 10/0/18
12G A.H. FOX HE GRADE SUPER FOX SXS SHOTGUN, Coming up at PoulinAuctions.com 10/0/18

Lot #1080: 12G A.H. FOX HE GRADE SUPER FOX SXS SHOTGUN W/ADDITIONAL BBLs

Lot #1084: 12G SAVAGE FOX STERLINGWORTH WILDFOWL SXS SHOTGUN, coming up at PoulinAuctions.com on 10/20/18
Lot #1084: 12G SAVAGE FOX STERLINGWORTH WILDFOWL SXS SHOTGUN, coming up at PoulinAuctions.com on 10/20/18

Lot #1084: 12G SAVAGE FOX STERLINGWORTH WILDFOWL SXS SHOTGUN

20g Parker VHE vs 20g Fox AE: Which would you pick?

AE Fox VS VHE Parker: Which 20g would would you pick?
AE Fox VS VHE Parker: Which 20g would would you pick?

Here are two classic American doubles–an A.H. Fox and a Parker–both in twenty gauge and both perfect for the uplands. Which would you pick?

A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN

This Fox has a lot going for it: Original condition, lightweight, decent stock dimensions. Drawbacks? It’s pricey.

A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN

A. H. FOX, PHILADELPHIA, A-GRADE 20 GAUGE AUTO-EJECTORS, SxS SHOTGUN: 28″ CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL BARRELS, MODIFIED AND FULL, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, NUMBER FOUR WEIGHT, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS.  GOOD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, STRONG TRIGGERGUARD BLUE, PERFECT ENGRAVED SCREWS, ATTRACTIVE ENGRAVING WITH BOLD SCROLLWORK WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, GORGEOUS HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, ORIGINAL GRIP CAP AND BUTTPLATE.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14″, 5 POUNDS 10 OUNCES. MADE IN 1925.  100% ORIGINAL CONDITION. Price: $5900

PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

This Parker doesn’t have the original condition of the Fox and it’s a heavier gun. But it has better stock dimensions because it was restocked. It’s less expensive, too.

PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:
PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN:

PARKER BROS. VHE 20 GAUGE 0 FRAME SIDE-BY-SIDE SHOTGUN 28″ BARRELS, VERY GOOD BLUE, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  TRACES OF CASE COLOR, 0 FRAME.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, HIGHLY FIGURED WOOD, FINE CHECKERING, STEEL GRIP CAP.  THE GUN WAS RESTOCKED IN ENGLAND, OUTSTANDING WORK.  GREAT DIMENSIONS – 1 1/2″ X 2″ X 15″, HAWKINS PAD, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  GREAT LITTLE PARKER TO HUNT WITH, MADE IN 1919. Price: $3500.00

5 doubles you don’t want to miss..

 

Boss & Co. Heavy 3" Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun
Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun

Boss & Co. Heavy 3″ Proof Side-by-Side Pigeon GunBoss Heavy proof Pigeon Gun with Factory 3 inch Chambers and 1 1/2oz Original Proof. The gun is fitted with Chopper lump barrels that are fitted with Briley Teague style choke tubes. Gun appears to be little used.  The mirror perfect bores still at .729 L and .728 R.  The barrel blue remains at 98% plus. Case color 80-90%, showing some thinning; mostly on the bottom of the receiver.  Wood is excellent, retaining virtually all of it’s London style
finish. Overall a fantastic gun that points and handles as what you would expect from this highly revered maker.
Barrels: Bores: .729L & .728R. Wall Dims: .030 R & .030 L
Chokes: Teague Style Screw by Briley
Engraving: Jack Sumner Style English Fine Scroll
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Stock Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 with 3/8 Cast Off
Price: $36,500

L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET
L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SET

L. C. SMITH 3E 16 GAUGE SxS TWO BARREL SETL. C. Smith Double Shotgun; SN 211771; 16 gauge; Grade 3 E; Two Barrel Set-both barrels 30 inch and numbered to the gun; one set choked full/full; Second set choked mod?mod; Single Trigger Ejectors; lots of original wood and metal finish remains; 14 inch pull to original butt plate; 2¾ DAH; 1¾ DAC; weight 7¾ pounds; 2½ inch chambers; Made 1909; Perfect Action bores; strong ejectors; FFL/C&R required for shipping; from my own personal collection;  Long guns shipped by FedEx in a hard case $65; all other items shipped fully insured Priority Mail; – -Hand guns $30 — Spurs $30– Knives, Swords & Sabers $30—Grips $20; return policy: three days inspection from the date the item is received; full refund of shipping both ways ONLY IF THE ITEM IS MISREPRESENTED. Price: $5,975

Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32" 12ga S/S Shotgun
Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun

Early A.H.Fox C Grade 32″ 12ga S/S Shotgun: A.H.Fox early style C grade 12 gauge.Built in 1908,this gun has 32″ Krupp still barrels choked full (.038″) and full (.038″).The gun is in excellent original condition retaining traces of the original case colors and 95% of the original barrel blue.The stock has a semi-pistol grip and 141/2″LOP over a solid pad.The wood is very highly figured and is free of any cracks or damage.The engraving is sharp and very well executed.There is a small dent in the right barrel that barely shows in the bore.It does not affect the safety or shooting of the gun, but I want to make you aware that it is there. This is a hard gun to find in original condition. It would make a great pheasant or dove gun or a fun vintage clays gun. Price: $4495 

Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun
Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 12 GA SxS Double Barrel ShotgunPrice: $3,279.66
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28
Triggers: Single Selective
Stock Dimensions:
1 1/2″ DAC, 2 5/8″ DAH, 14″ LOP
Butt Pad: Rubber Recoil Pad
Weight: 7 lb. 10 oz.

1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28"
1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″

1964 Browning Superposed Lightning O/U Shotgun, 20 ga, 28″3″ mag with 28″ full & mod barrels. This gun was built in 1964 so there is no danger of salt wood. The action is very tight with the lever still to the right. This gun looks like new aside from some minor wear on the top lever, safety selector and gold plating on the trigger.  Price: $3,200
Curio/Relic: Yes
Serial Number: 32224V4
Condition: 98%
Metal Condition: 98%
Wood Condition: 99%
Bore Condition: mint

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

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

Is this 16 gauge really an A.H. Fox?

A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun

Take a close at this double. What do you think — Fox or not a Fox? The answer’s  “all Fox, absolutely.”

This shotgun is an A.H. Fox SP grade. Introduced in 1932, SPs (SPecials) were designed streamlined versions of regular Fox shotguns. While they look a lot like a Winchester M21 on the outside, their mechanics are the same as every other Fox shotgun.

Fox SPs came in two models: standards like the one shown here and the Skeet & Upland Game Gun, which had a straight grip, a beavertail forend, and a bit of scroll engraving on the action. Both models came with or without ejectors (SPE or SP).

Fox SP Grade, from a 1938 A.H. Fox shotgun catalog
Fox SP Grade, from a 1938 A.H. Fox shotgun catalog

I’m not sure how many 16 gauge SP Fox made, but it’s safe to say the numbers are low.

A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun: This is a very nice example of the rare SP grade Fox. 26″ barrels and chokes I believe to be imp/mod. Double triggers with automatic safety. LOP: 14″ DAC: 1 1/2″ DAH: 2 5/8″. Very shootable dimensions. The gun weighs 6 lbs 2 oz. The barrels are uncut and there is a mid bead also. The barrels are on the face and the gun locks up tight. The wood to metal fit is still rigid and there are no cracks. The checkering is in fine shape. The screws have not been buggered. The widows-peak buttplate is excellent with no cracks or chips. The wood does have some stains and small dents. The wood finish is mostly intact. This shotgun appears to have been carried more than shot. The bores are bright and shiny. There is some carry wear in the receiver bluing on the upper and lower tangs, safety, top lever. The serial number is 303436. All the serial numbers match. The barrels appear to have an old reblue which I compared to another all original high condition Fox of the 1930s. They match perfectly in color and tone. (if Julia’s Fall 2017 auction results are a market indication, this shouldn’t be much of a detractor. Several of their American doubles had been partially or completely refinished and still brought prices in line with original finish guns.) This small frame 16 gauge is a delight to carry and swing. It would make a great upland bird gun suitable for Bobwhites up to Ringnecks. These SP Foxes (Utica Savage) do not come up for sale often. The time to buy one is when you see it. Price: $3,850

A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun

A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun

A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox SP (Special) Grade 16 gauge SxS Shotgun

Good gun alert: 20g Fox Sterlingworth ejector, upgraded stock…

Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors

This 20g Fox is an odd duck. While it’s a great looking SxS with nice wood on it, the stock’s wrong for a Sterlingworth.

Most Fox Sterlingworths had pistol grip stocks. Some came with straight stocks. None were offered with round-knob stocks like you see on this 20. Fox offered round-knob stocks, but reserved them for their other models–A-grades and up.

But…the stock on this Sterlingworth looks right for a Fox. So how did it get there? It may have been special ordered, the gun may maybe have gone back to the factoy for it, or this Sterlingworth may have been restocked by someone who really knew what they were doing.

Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors

Regardless, this little 20g side-by-side is a nice gun. With ejectors it’s rare, too. Overall, I think it’s a good deal.

Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors Nice Wood!!28″ barrels 14″ LOP 1 .75 drop at comb. 2.5 drop at heel. 2 weight barrels. Choked M/Cyl. Bores are bright and shiny. Bluing on barrels is in great shape with no dents. Muzzle has some minor handling marks. Case coloring is 40-50%. Screws are in good shape and the slots are not rolled over. Bluing on trigger gaurd show some wear around serial numbers. Top lever is right of center. Showing that it locks tight and has been gently used. Automatic saftey link is still there and working. Stock finish is in nice shape. I do not see any splits or cracks in wood. Butt plate in great shape. Checkering in great shape. Price: $2,650.

Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors
Fox Sterlingworth SxS 20 Gauge Ejectors

Good gun alert: 16g Fox Sterlingworth — $599!

Fox Sterlingworth - 16 Gauge - Side-by-side Double Barrel Shotgun
Fox Sterlingworth – 16 Gauge – Side-by-side Double Barrel Shotgun

If this gun is as good as it looks, it’s a deal.

Get on it now — Cabela’s won’t have it for sale for very long.

Fox Sterlingworth – 16 Gauge – SxS Double Barrel Shotgun:
Price: $599.99 

Manufacturer: S/N: 3702XX
Caliber: 16 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Fair
Wood Condition: Fair
Bore Condition: Good
Barrels: 28′

Fox Sterlingworth - 16 Gauge - Side-by-side Double Barrel Shotgun
Fox Sterlingworth – 16 Gauge – Side-by-side Double Barrel Shotgun

Triggers: Double
Stock: Walnut- Stock has been refinished
Stock Dimensions:
13 7/8″ LOP front trigger
Fore End: Walnut – Fore End has been refinished
Weight: 6 1/4 lbs.
Sights: Center Rib
Chokes: Modified / Full

Good gun alert: Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game…

 

A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS Shotgun

The A.H. Fox Sterlingworth is about as basic a shotgun as you’ll find. Introduced in 1910, Sterlingworths were great deals in their day. Hunters recognized this and bought thousands of them.

Fox added the Skeet and Upland Game Gun to the Sterlingworth lineup in 1935. it was designed to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”.  Skeet was new then, having been invented in 1920 by a grouse hunter from Andover, MA. The game boomed and by the ’1930s, makers offered shotguns tailored for the sport.

 

A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS Shotgun

A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS ShotgunVery nice scare Fox Upland Skeet model Sterlingworth Utica, NY manufacture. 12 bore with .005 & .012 chokes in the original 26″ barrels. Bright shiny bores. 2 3/4″ chambers. Solid rib with ivory front and center bead. Extractor & double triggers. Case color in the protected areas with the balance of the receiver faded bright.  Very nice original straight grip buttstock and semi-beavertail forend. Good checking and finish and less than normal nicks and dings. 14 1/4″ LOP 1 1/2″ DAC and 2 1/8″ DAH. Lever falls to the center and has a tight lock up and is on the face. Excellent original blue on the barrels and trigger guard showing only a few scattered freckles. Matching numbers. An excellent scarce Fox for the shooter or collector. Price: $2,350

A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS Shotgun
A.H. Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS Shotgun

Auction alert: 16g A.H. Fox A-grade SxS. No reserve…

Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28"brls. Grade "A"
Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28″brls. Grade “A”

Here’s a great way to get into vintage doubles. This side-by-side is an “A” Grade A.H. Fox. It’s in the greatest gauge — 16 — and it has a hard-to-find round-knob grip. It even comes with what appears to be its original hang tag. It’s on Gunbroker.com now and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/6/2017, @ 2:32 PM.

This sxs is a true A.H. Fox, made in Philadelphia, PA, by the original company before it was bought  by Savage Arms in 1929. Back when it was made, it was low-grade model. That being said, the company claimed “You can search through the world’s gun market and not find a better, truer shotgun at the price than the “A” Grade FOX.” Perhaps.

BTW: Be sure you check out this gun thoroughly before bidding. It’s listed as an “AS IS” sale. So there are no refunds or exchanges if you get it.

Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28″brls. Grade “A”. Good Condition. Bores Very Good Condition. Six digit serial numbers #302XXX

Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28"brls. Grade "A"
Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28″brls. Grade “A”
Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28"brls. Grade "A"
Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28″brls. Grade “A”
Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28"brls. Grade "A"
Ansley H. Fox 16ga. Side by Side. 28″brls. Grade “A”

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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B. & J. Cooper, New York. Extremely rare American, silver mounted, 23-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca.1810
B. & J. Cooper, New York. Extremely rare American, silver mounted, 23-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca.1810

B. & J. Cooper, New York. Extremely rare American, silver mounted, 23-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun, ca.1810Extraordinarily rare and fine American, silver-mounted, 23-bore double barreled flintlock sporting gun in the best British tradition, ca.1810. Weight: 5 ½ Lbs.  Fine 30” Damascus steel barrels with gold-lined touch-holes, excellent bores (.590”/.590”), and which externally retain much of the original brown finish. Extremely high quality, mechanically perfect, locks with internal parts retaining most of the original fire blue color left from the final “drawing” or tempering required after quenching during the hardening process. Externally the locks retain much of the original finish even in the bottoms of the pans which show little evidence of use. Nicely engraved false breech with no corrosion whatever. Handsomely engraved fine silver mounts all in superb condition as is the highly figured American Walnut stock. Original horn-tipped ramrod with functional steel worm on the hidden end. B. & J. Cooper were set up at 19 Partition Street, New York, N.Y. from 1803 to 1831. They were primarily rifle and pistol maker’s and very highly regarded for their excellent workmanship, particularly for their dueling pistols some of which were silver mounted. This silver mounted double flintlock sporting gun we have here is the only example, of this quality, by this or any other American maker that I am aware of. Price: $ POR

James Purdey & Sons Sidelock SxS 12 bore Shotgun
James Purdey & Sons Sidelock SxS 12 bore Shotgun

James Purdey & Sons Sidelock SxS 12 bore ShotgunA Pre-Owned James Purdey Side By Side Best Quality 12 Bore Sidelock Ejector Self Opening Fitted with two Sets Of 28 inch Barrels Rose & Scroll Engraving By Ken Hunt. Price: $25,000 

Action: Sidelock Ejector Self Opening
Triggers: Double Trigger
Safety: Automatic
Barrel Length: Two Sets Of 28 inch Barrels
Chamber: 2 3/4 Inch
Rib: Raised Tapered File Cut
Chokes: Barrel Set One 1/4 & 1/2, Barrel Set two 3/4 & Full
Type: Deluxe Gade Walnut
Length: 15 1/2 Inches
Bend: 
Cast: 
Grip: Traditional Straight Hand
Butt End Finish: 1 Inch Leather Covered Pad
Forend: Splinter Style
Weight: 6 Lbs – 13 Oz
Case: Double Leather Moter Case
Date of Manufacture: 1979

A.H. Fox, Philadelphia CE, 20ga. 28” barrels
A.H. Fox, Philadelphia CE, 20ga. 28” barrels

A.H. Fox, Philadelphia CE, 20ga. SxS: 28” barrels choked Full/Mod, 2 ivory sights, 6lb gun, #4 weight barrels, rounded pistol grip, Double trigger, ejector, gun retains 99% bright color case hardening, blue and wood finish, with just minor scratches and sharp edge wear.  A great small bore rare gun in top condition perfect screws. LOP – 14 ¾” to buttplate. Price: $16,500

W.W. GREENER FH70 GRADE BOXLOCK 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN12 bore, 26″ barrels choked Imp. & Mod. (R- .004″  L- .036″)  bore dia. both barrels .729″.  Top lever, auto ejector’s, with weight 6lbs  5oz.   Stock measures:   LOP: 14 1/4″ to a factory horn buttplate.   Comb:  1 1/4″   Heel: 2 5/8″.   In beautiful as new, unused original condition.  100% original casehardened finish.  Mint wood and checkering. Price: $16,500

W.W. GREENER FH70 GRADE 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
W.W. GREENER FH70 GRADE 12 GAUGE SIDE-BY-SIDE DOUBLE SHOTGUN
William Evans (from Purdey) Sidelock SXS Shotgun in 12 ga
William Evans (from Purdey) Sidelock SXS Shotgun in 12 ga

William Evans (from Purdey) Sidelock SXS Shotgun in 12 ga: 30″ barrels, 2-1/2″ chambers, choked open modified and full (.010/.030). Game rib with doll’s head third bite.  Sidelock action features bushed pins, double triggers and automatic safety.  Built circa 1902, this was William Evans’ top of the line.  Profusely engraved with rose and scroll and deep leaf carved fences, which add a distinctive visual touch.  Gun retains a pleasing patina of latent case colors that add a wonderful background.  Straight hand stock of exceptional figured French walnut and original flat top checkering.  Measures 1-1/2″ heel  x 2-1/2″ comb x 14-1/2″ LOP over a leather pad.  Weighs 6 lbs, 12 oz.  A really attractive vintage game gun, by a well-known London firm.  Leather trunk case. Price: $7,650

Scarce: A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game…

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS
Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS

I bet we would have liked Charles Davis. A dog breeder and grouse hunter, Mr Davis created “Shooting Around the Clock” back in 1920s to improve his shotgun skills and kill time between hunting seasons. By the ’30s, this game had evolved into Skeet and become the hottest shooting sport in the country. It had also become a sales opportunity many gunmakers were aiming to take advantage of.

The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun, was the SxS the A.H. Fox Co. made to target this new market. This model debut in company’s 1935 catalog. Here’s some info about these shotguns from the AH Fox Collectors Association website:

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS
Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxS

To meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun we have produced the famous Fox-Sterlingworth gun in this new straight grip model with 26″ barrels bored: right skeet, cylinder, left quarter choke. This is a standard stock model possessing the features of skeet boring and stock design heretofore available only in custom-built guns

  • Barrels– Fluid compressed steel, 26″ length bored right skeet cylinder and left quarter choke
  • Action– Two trigger, extractor type
  • Stock– American walnut straight grip, length 14″, drop at comb 1 1/2″, drop at heel 2 1/2″
  • Engraving– Ornamented with line engraving on frame and guard
  • Weight– 12 gauge about 7 lbs, 16 gauge about 6 lbs, 20 gauge about 5 3/4 lbs

The following extras are furnished to order: Automatic ejectors, Fox-Kautzky Selective single trigger, Beavertail forend, recoil pad, Ivory sights

Of course, the one you see here is for sale. Here’s the listing for it from Gunsinternational.com:

Fox Skeet and Upland Game 12 bore SxSVery nice, scare Fox Upland Skeet model Sterlingworth Utica, NY manufacture. 12 bore with .005 & .012 chokes in the original 26″ barrels. Bright shiny bores. 2 3/4″ chambers. Solid rib with ivory front and center bead. Extractor & double triggers. Case color in the protected areas with the balance of the receiver faded bright.  Very nice original straight grip butt stock and semi beavertail for end. Good checking and finish and less than normal nicks and dings. 14 1/4″ LOP 1 1/2″ DAC and 2 1/8″ DAH. Lever falls to the center and has a tight lock up and is on face. Excellent original blue on the barrels and trigger guard showing only a few scattered freckles.
?matching numbers.  An excellent scarce Fox for the shooter or collector. Price: $2,350

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A. H. FOX “DE” 12 GAUGE 30″ DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE – ***RARE***F/F CHOKES – DOUBLE TRIGGER – CIRCA 1920 ****RARE****RARE****RARE***. Price: $24,995

A. H. FOX "DE" 12 GAUGE 30" DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE - ***RARE***
A. H. FOX “DE” 12 GAUGE 30″ DOUBLE TRIGGER SIDE-BY-SIDE – ***RARE***

Stock Comb: 1 9/16″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
Stock Cast: NONE
Fore End: SPLINTER
Butt Pad: FOX FACTORY
LOP: 14 1/4″ FRONT TRIGGER
Rib: RAISED SOLID
Finish: ORIGINAL
Weight: 7 LBS 4 OZS
Manufacture Date: 1920
Chokes: FIXED
Choke Left: .045
Choke Right: .047

PIOTTI BSEE - 16 GAUGE - SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN - 29" BARRELS
PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS

PIOTTI BSEE – 16 GAUGE – SPECIAL KING I ENGRAVING PATTERN – 29″ BARRELS: Granetti Engraved in a Special King I Pattern. Highly figured wood. Mint condition. Scalloped action. Hand filed slighly concave rib. Ejectors. Non-auto safety. Leather covered recoil pad. Bores at .670 with chokes at 7/1000 (IC) and 20/1000 (Imp Mod). “BS” proof date. Weight of gun is 6 LBS 11 1/2 OZ. Shipping and insurance is $75. Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14 7/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 3/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 1/8″. Price: $13,750 

 

A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN30″ MOD AND FULL 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP VERY HIGH ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH ALMOST ALL OF THE CASE COLORS WITH LIGHT MARKS IN THE WOOD. 7 LBS, 11 0Z X 3″ X 2″ X 14 1/4″.  Price: $9,950

A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
A.H. FOX CE PHILADELPHIA 12 GAUGE SXS DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUN
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm:
Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm:

 

Parker VH 20 Gauge 26” Barrels Pistol Grip Stock Splinter Forearm: 26” barrels with 2 ¾” chambers and choke constrictions that measure .023 right and .023 left. The bores are clean and shiny and measure .677 right and .676 left. The barrels have been reblued, retain 98% of their finish and have a single silver bead. The rib is marked PARKER BROS, MAKERS. MERIDEN, CONN. VULCAN STEEL. The #0 frame has 50% original case coloring. The trigger guard has been reblued and retains 95% finish. Double triggers, extractors automatic safety. The forearm is original and retains 95% original finish with some scratches. The pistol grip stock has been refinished, retains 98% finish and the length of pull is 13 7/8” to the front trigger. It is finished off with a metal grip cap and a Parker hard rubber butt plate. Drop at comb: 1 3/4”, drop at heel: 3 1/8”, weight: 6.2 lbs. Price: $6500 

ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS - IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH - 28 GAUGE
ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS – IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – 28 GAUGE

ZOLI & RIZZINI –BOXLOCK, SxS – IMPORTED BY ABERCROMBIE & FITCH – 28 GAUGE: ARCHED BACK BOXLOCK EXTRACTOR S X S – 26” MOD/FULL. – BALL GRIP STOCK LOP 14 7/16″ ” X 1 3/8″ ” X 2 7/16” – 5 LBS. 1 OZS. – CASE COLORS 99% – BLUE 99.9% – WOOD 99.5%  Price: $2,995

Good gun alert: 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector, $895 …

Parker shotgun ad
Parker shotgun ad

I can be hard on American shotguns. Parkers, L.C. Smiths. Foxes, Lefevers, Ithacas –I’ve owned them all, and it’s not that I don’t think they’re decent doubles. It’s just that they’re WAY too expensive today.

Once you get over the sentimental thrill of owning an “Old Reliable”, you realize the prices for Parkers and other made-in-the-USA SxSs are more about nostalgia than quality. This 20 gauge Parker A-1 Special is a perfect example. While it sold for$253,000, this 20 gauge, $8.750 Francotte is a better gun.

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors
12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors

All that being said, every now and then though I come across an American-made SxS that I see as being true to its heritage. This 12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors is that kind of gun.

Sterlingworths were built to affordable, practical doubles appropriate for all kinds of shooting. And this gun is just that. At this price, it’s just what Fox wanted Sterlingworth to be: A ton of gun for the money (AKA a great deal).

Fox Sterlingworth 12 Gauge SXS Shotgun: With 28″ Barrels, Choked IC/Mod, Double Triggers, Auto Ejectors, Barrels 90% And Thinning, Receiver 20% Case Colors, Wood 60% With Handling Marks, 1927 Philadelphia Gun. Price: $895

12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors
12 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors
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