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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. I’d say refinished which doesn’t bother me at all.

    For me good guns should have their life renewed for continued use and the enjoyment of their beauty. My gunsmith friend tells me this is pretty standard in the UK. I often puzzle over the concern about original finish and chuckle about the presence of Belgian barrels on older American doubles in original condition. Love Belgian doubles, too.
    I like to use the old guns even when pushing through woodcock cover, so can’t be too entranced with safe queens.

  2. This one is original. 90 years of aging can’t be replicated by even the best refinishing job. You can tell this gun wasn’t used much and stored properly but it is original in my opinion.

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