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

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

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

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

Good gun alert: 12g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 32″ barrels…

Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32" barrels
Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrels

Like a lot of guys, my first real SxS was a Fox Sterlingworth. My gun was a 12g with 30″ barrels, and even though it didn’t fit me, I killed a lot of wild pheasants with it.

Introduced in 1910 and built until around 1940, the Sterlingworth was Fox’s best selling shotgun. The vast majority were 12 gauges with 28″ or 30″ barrels. But the company also offered 12g Sterlingworths with 26″ and 32″ barrels.

From the beginning, Fox associated a “style” with the barrel lengths of its Sterlingworths: 26″ guns were Brush styles, 28″ guns were Field styles, 30″ guns were Standard styles, and 32″ guns were Trap styles.

Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32" barrels
Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrels

That means the guns you see here is a true Trap-style Sterlingworth, and with it’s 32″ barrels, it would a great gun for sporting clays or the field.

Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrelsA totally original and honest 32″ 12 gauge Sterlingworth.  Not messed with and in great user condition. Tight as new. Lever way right of center. Completely on face. Both chokes are original with 4 1/2″ of taper. Just a nice user with perfect barrels. Price: $1350

Model: Sterlingworth Trap
Serial Number: 121061
Ejectors: No
Condition: Original

Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32" barrels
Fox Sterlingworth Trap SxS Shotgun, 32″ barrels

Metal Condition: Original blue
Wood Condition: Original finish and checkering
Bore Condition: Unhoned and no pitting
Gauge: 12
Stock: 14 1/4″ x 1 5/8″ x 2 3/4″
Rib: Rings like a bell
Weight: 7 lbs 5 oz
Manufacture Date: 1928
Choke Left: .729 (.041)
Choke Right: .729 (.023)
Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .030
Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .029

A couple classics: A 16g Ithaca NID & a 20g Fox Sterlingworth…

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Stone walls. Grown-over apple orchards. English setters.

If you’re a sucker for all the trappings of traditional grouse hunting, you’ll probably like the classic American shotguns posted here.

I’ve called the Fox Sterlingworth the gateway drug of doubles. It has been the first side-by-side for a lot of guys (including me), and it has initiated a passion that has taken over many a life.

This Sterlingworth caught my eye because it’s a 20g with 28″ and super shootable stock dimensions. It’s also priced very fairly.

20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28" barrels
20 gauge Savage-Fox Sterlingworth SXS shotgun, 28″ barrels

Savage Arms Co. Sterlingworth, 20 Gauge Game GunPrice: $1,499.99
Chambers: 2 3/4
Metal Condition: Very Good
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Very Good
Barrels: 28″ Blued Steel with Tapered Concave Rib
Triggers: Double Triggers with Extractors
Stock: Checkered Walnut Pistol Grip Butt Stock
Stock Dimensions:
DAC: 1 3/8″, DAH: 2 3/8″, Cast off: 1/8″, 14″
Fore End: Checkered Walnut Splinter Style
Butt Pad: Synthetic Butt Plate
Weight: 6 lbs. 2 ozs.
Sights: Single Bead
Chokes: Fixed: Full & Modified

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca was one America’s most successful gunmakers, and NID was the final incarnation of their SxSs. These guns are basic and tough– like old-school F150s with crank windows and bench seats. This 16g NID is on Gunbroker.com now, and the listing ends tomorrow, 12/23, @ 8:26:50 AM ET.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

Ithaca NID Star Model 16 GA: Up for sale we have a beautiful NID 16 guage, 28″barrels choked M/F, all serial numbers match. This gun was made in 1929, 2 3/4″ chambers and shoots well, the gun is very solid and locks up tight. There is one deep scratch on the forearm, other then that the wood is really nice. The barrels and bores are excellent.

16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Ithaca NID Side-by-Side Shotgun

If this 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxS is legit, it’s a steal …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fox Sterlingworth 20GA. NICE! Straight Stock!

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

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

Price: $1,850

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

Auction alert: 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game …

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Here is a hard Fox to find. It’s a 16g Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun and it’s on Gunbroker.com now. The auction ends 8/24/2015 @9:30:00 PM ET.

The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun was introduced in 1935. Skeet was new sport then, having been invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA.

In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced Skeet to America with an article in the February issue ofNational Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game boomed in popularity and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.

BTW: For a comp, here’s a nearly-new 16g with 26″ barrels that sold a couple years ago.

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz: This Fox Sterlingworth bears a Utica barrel address, was made in 1936 (SN 3726xx), has 28” barrels choked Modified and Improved Modified with 2-3/4” chambers and mid/front ivory beads, automatic safety, straight stock, extractors, 2-1/2” DAH, 1-5/8” DAC and 13-3/8” & 14-1/8 LOP. The weight is a handy 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

It retains about 65% blue with most of the thinning on the sides and a small ding in the right tube 10-1/4” from the breech that is barely visible inside. There’s also evidence of a very shallow dent on the bottom of the left tube 5” from the muzzle that seems to have been professionally removed. The bores are perfect mirrors and examination with a Hawkeye bore scope yields no indication of polishing. The frame retains 60% of original case color. The stocks are completely sound with scattered light to moderate handling marks (mostly light) and a repaired small, shallow chip on the right side of the butt plate. It is 100% on-face, lock-up is as tight as a vault (tested with the forend removed) and the top lever comes to rest well right of center. Though this gun has a short tang there are known factory examples of short tang straight stocked guns and there is absolutely no sign of it having been modified. A very nice 16 gauge that, on handling, one can immediately feel will comport itself quite well in the field.

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” - Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz
Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game 16 Ga Straight Stock Shotgun, 28” – Made 1935 – Mod & Imp Mod – 6 Lb 7 Oz

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

Auction Alert: 12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun…

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Here’s a tough shotgun to find. A.H. Fox introduced their Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun in 1935 to meet the demand for the new shooting sport sweeping across the nation: SKEET.

This SxS came in 12g, 16g & 20g and 26″ barrels. It could be with or without ejectors, and if you wanted to upgrade it a bit, a Fox-Kautzky selective single trigger, a beavertail forend, a recoil pad and/or ivory sights. According to the Fox Collectors website, A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game SxS shotgun, this SxS was introduced:

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

“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.”

I owned one of these in 20g, and it was decent little double. This one would make a great all around upland gun.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun: Barrels are 26” long with skeet / ¼ choke, solid rib, and good bores. Break open double barrel shotgun. Metal retains most of its original blue and casehardened finish, Checkered walnut wood with period recoil pad. Extractors and double triggers. Mfg 1935 to 1945 SN: 160260 Condition: Very Good.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Good gun alert: a 12g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” gun, 32″ bbls…

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

The Fox Sterlingworth was one of the most popular American doubles of all time. From 1910 to about 1940, A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company built around 140,000 of these great side-by-side shotguns to shooters throughout North America. Most were “Standard” or “Field” guns. A few were true Sterlingworth “Trap” guns.

First offered in 1913, the Sterlingworth “Trap” gun wasn’t a grade. It was just the company’s designation for a heavy 12g, 16g, or 20g Sterly with 32″ bbls & full chokes. Ejectors were available as an option.

12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels: Good original case color. Gun is tight with top lever well right of center. Mirror bores as original. Right at .725 with 43/1000 choke (extra full). Left also at .725 with 41/1000 choke (extra full). Chambers at 2 5/8″. Extractors. Auto safety. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 8 OZ. This gun points like a dream. Stock dimensions: LOP – 14 3/8″, Drop at Comb – 1 5/8″, Drop at Heel – 2 5/8″. Price: $1,350

12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth "Trap" with true 32" barrels
12g Fox Sterlingworth “Trap” with true 32″ barrels

Nearly new: a 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth ejector, late Savage era…

20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun with Ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Here’s a tough shotgun to find, not because of its gauge or grade, but because of its condition. Twenty-gauge Fox Serlingworths are easy to track down. But how often do you see one that’s almost new?

A.H. Fox introduced Sterlingworths in 1910 and made them until 1946. Sterlingworths were the lowest-grade, least expensive double the company offered, and even though they were far from the cheapest side-by-sides on the American market, they were incredible deals. Hunters and shooters realized this, bought up thousands of them, and made the Sterlingworth Fox’s most successful model.

20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun with Ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

This Sterlingworth is a later gun, with the cyanide-applied case colors on the action and canoe-paddle stock typical of models in A.H. Fox’s later Savage era. The Savage Arms Co. bought A.H. Fox in November of 1929, and they went on to make changes to the Sterlingworths as a way to cut production costs.

A.H. Fox – Sterlingworth – 20 g: Late Savage-era gun from around 1938

Shotgun type: SxS
Action: Boxlock
Ejectors: No
Trigger: Double
Grip: Pistol Grip
Forend: Checkered
Lop: 14 5/16 ”

20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun with Ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Type of butt: Factory
Drop comb: 1 9/16 ”
Drop heel: 2 5/8 ”
Cast amount: 0 ”

Weight: 6 lbs, 4 oz

Finish: Case Colored
Overall condition: Very Good
Stock condition: Very Good
Metal condition: Very Good
Stock: Original finish
Metal: Original finish

20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun with Ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun with Ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Auction alert: a nice 16g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Ejector &

Amoskeag Auctions in Manchester, NH, is have a sale tomorrow, September 27, 2014 @ 9:00 AM EST. Here a couple doubles in the auction that caught my eye.

This Fox is a great grouse gun and just about as All-American as doubles. Sterlingworths are one of the best values you’ll find in American doubles. If you want a classic side-by-side, this is it.

Lot 214: A H Fox Sterlingworth Boxlock Double Ejector Shotgun
Lot 214: A H Fox Sterlingworth Boxlock Double Ejector Shotgun

Lot 214: A H Fox Sterlingworth Boxlock Double Ejector Shotgun: Serial #360122, 16 ga., 28″ barrels choked modified and full with about excellent bores, each showing some wad residue. The barrels retain about 97-98% original blue, the loss is due primarily to some light fading, showing perhaps a scattered spot or two of very light oxidation. The frame retains about 92-95% original color case-hardening, the only true loss being on the carry point of the belly, still exhibiting some muting colors in that area; the triggerguard retains a similar amount of original blue. The checkered walnut pistolgrip buttstock and splinter style forend rate very good plus to excellent with only minor dings and handling marks from the years, each stock cheek showing the beginnings of a light crack which would be easily arrestable by a competent wood man. The length of pull to the original grooved hard rubber buttplate is 14 1/8″ with drops of 1 5/8″ and 2 7/8″. The shotgun features an automatic safety and the lockup is Fox-tight with the top lever still right of center and the gun seems to function well mechanically. Really a super 16 bore Fox awaiting its return afield in the coming weeks. Estimated Price: $1,200 – $1,800

This Mahillion is close to best-grade Belgian shotgun, and  I bet you’ll be able to buy it for around the price of a nice 20g VHE Parker. It’s a hell of a lot more gun than anything that ever came out of Meriden, though, and it would be a fantastic upland gun.

Fine Belgian Sidelock Double Ejectorgun By H. Mahillion Of Brussels
Fine Belgian Sidelock Double Ejectorgun By H. Mahillion Of Brussels

Lot 21: Fine Belgian Sidelock Double Ejectorgun By H. Mahillion Of Brussels: Description: serial #6227, 20 ga., 26 3/4″ barrels choked improved modified and extra full with bright excellent bores. This is a fabulous Belgian double gun. The barrels are engraved with the maker’s name on one side and the address on the other, they have 2 3/4″ chambers and are proofed for same. The action and locks feature full coverage fine rose and scroll engraving with “H. MAHILLION” engraved on left lock and “BRUXELLES” on right. The fences are chiseled with relief flower blossoms and the triggerguard and forend metal all show full coverage tight scroll. The barrels retain about 97% original blue overall with all engraved markings remaining crisp and clear. The action and locks retain 95% strong original color case-hardened finish. The finely checkered pistolgrip buttstock and forend are of nicely figured walnut and rate very good with thinning oil finish that should be added to. The checkering is wonderful as is the fit with the grip cap being of horn and the butt being checkered. The shotgun handles beautifully with a 15″ length of pull over checkered butt; drops of 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ and it weighs 6 lbs. 4 oz. This shotgun additionally features an articulated front trigger, an automatic safety and gold washed cocking arms and ejector strikers. The toeline of the stock has a gold monogram plate inlaid which is engraved “RSP”. The shotgun comes in an old, and possibly original, brass trimmed leather trunk style case with proper period Mahillion paper label inside lid along with an oil bottle, snap caps, key and cleaning implements. The condition of the case is very good plus. Mahillion guns are considered among the finest Belgian guns and this example lives up to that reputation. Truly an extremely fine and wonderful small bore sidelock double ejectorgun. Estimated Price: $3,500 – $5,500

Fine Belgian Sidelock Double Ejectorgun By H. Mahillion Of Brussels
Fine Belgian Sidelock Double Ejectorgun By H. Mahillion Of Brussels

Wow – a minty 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth ejector…

Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:

If you’re a Fox fan, grab a towel: This 20 gauge Philly Sterlingworth is gonna make you drool. It looks brand new and 100% original. And if that wasn’t enough, it has ejectors and 28″ barrels, making it one of the toughest Sterlies to find.

Ironmen Arms & Antiques just had it, and I remember the price was pretty high. If you’re looking for American doubles, I would keep an eye on the Ironmen site. They handle a lot of nice American doubles, and most of them sell pretty fast.

Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original: Offered is perhaps the best all original Philadelphia Fox Sterlingworth 20 gauge shotguns that you are likely to find.  It is also the rare ejector model Sterlingworth.  Serial Number 262488 was produced in early 1930 most likely during the Savage Arms buy out of the Fox Company.  It is one of the last FOX shotguns of any grade marked Philadelphia.  It remains in nearly brand new condition with NO restoration work or touch up.  It shows evidence of very limited firing and nearly 100% case color and blue remain.  Screws and bores are mint.  Original butt plate and grip cap.  It would be next to impossible to upgrade on the condition of this fine little Philadelphia 20.  The dimensions are: Barrel length 28″ choked modified and full.  2 1/2″ chambers. Length of pull from the front trigger over the original hard rubber butt plate is 14 1/8″  Drop at heel is 2 3/4″ and drop at comb is 1 5/8″.  Weight is just shy of 6 pounds.  If you collect only the best condition possible, this Fox is for you.

Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original:
Fox Sterlingworth Ejector 20 gauge Philly As New Mint Original

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PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE - ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION - 30" BARRELS
PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Parker BHE (Grade 5) in 12 gauge with 30″ barrels. Straight grip with skeleton butt plate. Sharp engraving. Excellent case colors. Double triggers. Bores as original at .732 with 40/1000 choke (Full) in each barrel. Chambers as original at 2 3/4″. Number 2 Frame size. 163,000 serial number range (1912-1913 Date of Manufacture). Top lever far right indicating minimal use. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 13 1/4 OZ. LOP – 14 1/2″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 7/8″. Price: $27,995

 

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8" Bbls:
BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls:

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls: #1737, A Belgium Pre-War Quality 405 Winchester Double Rifle, 25 5/8″ extractor Dovetail lump barrels, Rib extension hidden third bite, Full length rib with a flip over two blade rear sight, Bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Open pistol grip stock, Wrap around checkering, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a full faced checkered butt, No cheekpiece, No cast so it is ideal for the left or right hand, Nice weight of 6 lbs. 11 oz., An excellent piece of European Walnut with deep black & brown contrast, 15% engraving coverage with deep carved oak leaves on the balls of the action, 50% original case colors, The barrel blue at 96%, The stock finish at 92%, The checkering at 92%, Excellent plus bores, It has “W. L.” engraved on the floorplate that was done later. This is a very nice and attractive double rifle that is light and has quick handling characteristics. Here is a neat fun gun in a great American cartridge. Price: $7,250

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.
Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore. This gun exhibits old world craftsmanship at its finest.  Overall in VG – Exc. Condition.  Bores are perfect, with no defects.  Action is sound on the face with no looseness throughout the drop.  Barrel blue remains at a conservative 90%.  Case colors have mellowed to a dark French Grey with mottled case color mixed in for a very classy appearance.  Just a great gun with a lifetime of service left.   Maker J.P. Sauer – Prussia Gauge/Caliber 12 Bore Barrels 28″ w/ 2 3/4″ Chambers. Chokes Mod. & Full Engraving Game Scene, Scroll, & Woodland Scene. Action BLE w/ Crossbolt Third Fastner Stock Well figured Circassian Butt Hawkins Pad. L.O.P. 14 3/8″ Weight 6 lbs. 12.9 oz. Stock Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 1/4 cast off. Price $6950

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:
AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box: This is a delightful gun that handles like a wand in virtually brand new condition. Matching factory box included. The only reason I know that the gun has been fired is the man who bought it new said he fired a handful of rounds thru it. SHOWS NO WEAR/USE Straight grip, automatic ejectors, double triggers. Imported by N.E. Custom Gun Service Plainfield, NH . Mfct 2003 by serial number. 27″ barrels choked IC & IC. The gun is so slender that the barrels feel longer. Perfect length for this little 28ga gun. 5# 12oz DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 3/8″ LOP 15″ Beautiful color case hardening and walnut with nice color and grain. Fantastic long dimensions with checkered butt. This gun offers an incredible value for the money!!! Price: $4895

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors
A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors: A H FOX, UTICA STERLINGWORTH DELUXE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY BEADS.  BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/8″, JOSTAM PAD.  100% ORIGINAL INCLUDING THE PAD, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN LAST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1939.  TRUE DELUXE MODELS ARE SCARCE. Price: $2,500

 

What’s it worth? A nice 16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth, 28″ barrels…

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Here’s a shotgun that a lot of guys are looking: A 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with 28″ barrels. This one looks like it’s in decent shape. It’s up for auction now, and it will be interesting to see just how high the price goes. The listing ends Sunday, February 23 @18:02 PT.

Here’s the full description from the seller:

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun: Like new old 16ga 2 3/4 inch AH Fox Sterlingworth with 28inch barrels. Gun is near mint condition. The recoil pad that was on the gun got hard so I sent it out to be replaced. While it was out the forearm and stock were retouched because they had a few marks. Wood has no cracks, marks or dings. All wood is perfect. While it was getting the wood done a small scratch on the trigger guard was redone. Other than that all case colors are original, all bluing on the barrel is original and perfect. Wood to metal fit is perfect and tight. There is one small nick in the wood as you can see in the fourth picture. It is the size of a pin head. Bore are perfect, chokes are modified and improved cylinder these are correct measurements and factory. Gun appears to have slight use. Flawless, almost mint condition. Comes with a full box of old shells and a 16 ga gun cleaning kit that has not been used.

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun…

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun

Like the Federal Income Tax, skeet is one of those things I assume has always been around. Of course, that’s not true. Skeet was invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA (I can’t imagine grouse in Andover, MA).  In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced the sport to America in the February issue of National Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game took off, and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun

To meet this demand, Fox introduced the Skeet & Upland Game Gun in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. The double you see here is one of those guns. It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends on  2/8/2014 2:10:29 PM ET

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland  Game: Straight grip and 26″ barrels choked skeet and modified. Barrels are in great condition with no dents or dings. Bores are bright and shiney and I would rate the bluing at 98%. Action locks up tight and lever is right of center. Stock has hairline crack in head (shown in picture) that could be repaired easily. Finish is nice and looks original with a few light scratches and handling marks. Gun weighs 6 lbs. 9 oz., Stock dimensions are 14 1/4″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH.

UPDATE: I just heard there’s some question about this gun being a true Skeet & Upland Game model. Before writing the check, you may want to verify the serial number through the Fox Collector’s Association.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun

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Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate - 12 ga
Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga

Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga: 28 inch barrels, S.S.T., auto ejectors, both are choked I/C and I/C. LOP 14″.  The barrel flats are stamped  with 2 3/4″,  3 1/4 ton,  1 1/8 oz .  Made in 1912 according to Griffin & Howe. Triggers and ejectors work well. One trigger guard has a Pointer engraved; the other a Setter. Both have a little cast off of  1/8 – 3/16″.  Stocks have leather pads. The dimensions are: #1   DAC 1 5/8,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs., #2: DAC 1 1/2,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs. Price: $19,600

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammer 450 BPE SxS Rifle: Circa. 1886. SN: 8772.   Steel Barrels are Proofed: 52 Cordite – 365 Bullet.   Exceptional overall condition.  Bores appear, as new ,  in virtually unused condition.  Action is total sound.  Case colors and blue remain in very rich color. This would be a pleasant rifle to shoot and hunt with.  Rare find in this condition. Barrels: 26″, Fluid Steel,  Stock well Figured French Walnut Butt Horn L.O.P. 14 1/2″ Weight 7 lbs. 13.3 oz  Price $16,500

Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14" BPE Circa. 1886.
Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14″ BPE Circa. 1886.
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F

A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F100% case color, 99% blue, and wood finish.  Small handling marks.  Original pad that has been deteriorated from sitting in a rack.  Twin ivory sights, ultra rare barrel length.  This gun is near perfect Philadelphia, PA gun, no excuses, right out of the woodwork, virgin gun. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ¾”. 6 lbs 5oz. Price: $5,500

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL 20GA 28″ BARREL: Double Triggers, Case Color on Receiver is 90%+, Barrel Blue is 85%+, Both Screw Heads on Side-plate, are slightly damaged. This gun was Made in 1936, and we believe this is a “Standard Weight Frame”, Only 22 standard weight frame 20GA Ideal’s were ever made. London Steel Barrels, most likely Mod/Full. Wood is 95% and has very few handling marks. Grip Cap, and Butt Plate excellent. Price: $3300

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28" BARREL
L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28″ BARREL
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28" O/U shotgun
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U shotgun

B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U: This gun is barely used, in “as new condition” with beautiful AAA upgraded wood. The barrels are 28″ with 7 Rizzini chokes: Cyl, Skt x 2, IC, LM, LF, XF & 3″ chambers. Right hand 1/8″ cast off, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH and 14 1/2″ LOP to Rizinni wood butt plate. Rizzini hard case and cloth sleeves are included. Price: $2495.

A special double: an A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20 gauge…

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

Gun collectors like little extras, and stuff like a shotgun’s original case, cleaning accessories, and retail hang tag will make a double much more special – and valuable. This 20 gauge Sterlingworth Deluxe has both, and it’s in nice original condition. I bet it will end up in a collector’s safe very soon.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG: A very unique set that has spent most of it’s entire life just a handful of miles from the Fox/Savage plant in Utica, NY. and was no doubt purchased/owned by a Savage employee. The gun is an A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe grade in 20 gauge. This is the most deluxe “Deluxe” that I have seen. The Sterlingworth Deluxe was catalogued with twin ivory beads and recoil pad which this gun has completely original. What sets this gun apart is the highly grained/figured walnut in the buttstock…very atypical for a Sterlingworth gun. This wood was generally reserved for the graded Fox guns, no doubt hand picked for the original buyer. The overall condition of this little Fox is excellent.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

It retains a generous 50-60% factory color case hardening, faded on the belly and forward sides of frame. The barrels and trigger guard retain most of their original factory blued finish. The barrels show some thinning and light scratching on typical carry areas. The wood is totally sound with good fit and finish. No cracks or serious mars. Light handling marks from gentle use. Most of the factory varnish remains on both buttstock and forend. All screws are virtually untouched. This gun locks up tight and lever is well right of center. It’s obvious that this 20ga Fox was carried more than it was shot which one would expect from a Northeast upland bird gun.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

I measure the barrels as follows: Right: 621 with 9 thou to 4 thou of choke…minimum wall thickness of 29 thou at the muzzle. Left: 621 with 8 thou choke… minimum wall thickness 35 thou. 2 3/4″ chambers. This gun still has its orginal factory hangtag included which is a delight. This gun originally had full choke right and improved cylinder left…a very unusual combination. Apparently the right barrel choke was opened at a later time to an IC constriction as well, making it better suited for close flushing birds. While the gun and hangtag are special in their own right, this set is complete with what is believed to be a factory Savage Arms era hardcase which was obviously built for this particular gun. Savage collectors will recognize this case as a similar type that was catalogued for the Savage Model 99 Rifle/410 Combination set.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
Original hang tag for the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun

This case is larger than the rifle case but wears similar hardware and has the same type of black leatherette covering. The interior is lined in red felt with separate areas for 20ga shells, cleaning rod & jags and other accessories. I have seen no reference to this type Fox shotgun case mentioned in any of the Fox literature but by virtue of this gun’s tie to Utica and special wood I have no reason to think it was not supplied as a special order to a Savage employee/Exec. with it’s similiarity to the catalogued rifle cases. This is an unique opportunity to purchase a special set that can be used and enjoyed afield. Price: $2,995.00

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