Good gun alert: 12 gauge A.H. Fox double barrel shotgun…

Ansley H. Fox, XE Grade, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun
Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

NOTE: Even though the seller has listed this gun as an XE, it appears to be a CE-grade Fox Shotgun. My mistake.

Knowing when to stop is crucial to embellishing a shotgun. Too much engraving, fancy checkering, cakey wood, or gold ruins a SxS or O/U. Too little leaves a gun looking dull and unfinished. Getting it just right is the trick.

Fox’s XE grades were higher grade doubles in their day, not the very best, but very, very good, and quite expensive. They featured Automatic Ejectors, a Silver’s Recoil Pad and Lyman Sights. The stocks were made of Circassian Walnut and oil finished with a  full pistol, half pistol, straight grip, or  Monte-Carlo style grip. They were offered with Chromox Fluid Steel in 26 “, 28″, 30″ & 32” barrels. Like all Fox shotguns, they came in 12 gauge, 16 gauge and 20 gauge.

From A.H. Fox, via the A.H. Fox Collectors Association website:

Ansley H. Fox, XE Grade, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun
Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

“The XE is the result of the increasing demand for a gun which shall be as nearly perfect for the purpose as it is possible to be made. Each gun receives and elaborate amount of handwork, which.. is still the only way to produce a really accurate and high grade gun.”

Here’s more about the one you see here from the seller:

Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, 28″ Barrels: Bores in Excellent Condition as is the Whole Shotgun, Mfg. in Phila. PA, Double Trigger, Half Pistol Grip, #4 Barrels Weight, Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel, Metal Bead, Ejector, LOP 14 7/16″, Choke Modified & Full. Hand Engraved Scroll Work and Game Scenes. Serial #30827. Price: $8950

Ansley H. Fox, XE Grade, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun
Ansley H. Fox, 12 Gauge, Double Barrel Shotgun

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Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge
Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge

Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge: 26″ smooth bore damascus barrels with perfect bores and single leaf folding express sights. Stalking safeties on hammers. Excellent condition. Price: $25,000.00

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga:  Fox XE Grade, 1916 Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. 2 5/8″ chambers, 28″ barrels, Full & Mod, 13 3/4″ LOP, 2 3/4″ D@H, 6lbs, 13oz. Price: $9,995.00

16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 16ga 28in M/F as new In the box: A collectors dream  this gun was made in 1954 still has original cosmoline on it  has the box and is 100% correct to the Cody Letter  28in m/f   slight handling marks on wood  blue is mint  Price: $9,900.00

BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS – 26″ BLS: SKT./IC – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK WITH WOOD BUTTPLATE – LOP 14 1/16″ – DROP 1 3/8″ X2″ – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – WT. 5 LBS. 6 OZS. – Price: $3,800.

16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame
16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame

FABULOUS 0 FRAME 16GA PARKER WITH VULCAN BARRELS: ALL ORIGINAL 0 FRAME VH 16GA WITH VULCAN STEEL BARRELS — 28″ FULL/FULL — PERFECT ORIGINAL SCREWS — 35% ORIGINAL COLOR THAT IS VIBRANT IN AREAS — 90%++++ ORIGINAL BLUE — SOO HARD TO FIND STEEL BARREL 0 FRAME 16’S — GUN HAS EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VARNISH AND CHECKERING. 14 1/2  1 1/2 X  2 1/2 TO ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD. Price: $3,750.00

 

Auction Alert: A.H. Fox XE, B & C grade double barrel shotguns…

A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun

If you’re into American doubles, hard to find side-by-sides like these by A.H. Fox are must haves. They’re going off next weekend at Carol Watson’s Orange Coast Auctions. Check them out now. The auctions starts Saturday, September 22 @ 10:00 AM Pacific. Descriptions are from the auctioneer. I would double check everything…

A.H. Fox 12 gauge XE grade double barrel shotgun: Fox XE Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, with extra set of barrels, #24439, 12 ga., 30” matted game rib barrels choked Full & Mod. and marked ”Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel”; additional non-matching set of barrels are 26” choked Skeet & Skeet and marked ”Krupp Fluid Steel”; blue finish, ejectors, case hardened engraved frame, dual trigger, boxlock action, American pistol-grip checkered stock of circasian walnut.

A.H. Fox B grade Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox B grade Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. 12 gauge B grade double barrel shotgun: A.H. Fox B Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, #13888, 12 ga., 30” game ribbed blue barrels choked Full & Full, case hardened frame, double triggers, ejectors, auto safety, lightly checkered Prince of Wales type stock in select walnut. Mfg’d approx. 1910. Condition is about fine retaining approx. 97% blue to barrels, 60% thinning and lightly toning case hardened color to lightly engraved frame. Stock has been lightly refinished with an additional coat of varnish. Action remains crisp and tight, bores are mirror bright.

A.H. Fox C grade Double Barrel Shotgun
A.H. Fox C grade Double Barrel Shotgun

A.H. 12 gauge C grade double barrel shotgun: Pre-War Savage Fox C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, #1617, 12 ga., 28” matted game rib barrels choked Imp. & Mod., case hardened frame, double triggers, ejectors only, checkered Prince of Wales type stock in fancy Turkish walnut. Condition is excellent as restored.

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