Fox’s C-grade double barrel shotguns have always seemed like a good balance between too little and too much finish. The grades about them (the DE, XE, & FEs) are bit too done up for my taste, while the Sterlingworths, AEs, & BEs can be plain.
The one you see here is a good example of what I mean. The engraving is just enough to keep things interesting without being gaudy, and the wood is appealing with screaming “FIGURE” and stealing the whole show. In their 1925 catalog, A.H. Fox has this say about their C-grade shotguns:
“This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect it is a high grade. It’s beauty in looks and finish. No gun will stand up better to hard work. Its every detail is perfect. And at the price it is in a class absolutely by itself.
THE BARRELS are a high quality of Chromox Fluid Steel. They are guaranteed both for accurate shooting and great strength. THE STOCK is a choice selection of dark, curly Walnut. The grain is beautifully brought out in the hand rubbed oil finish. THE ENGRAVING is the work of an artist. It stands out clear and beautiful in design. THE CHECKERING is of fine diamond pattern on grip, panels and forend…”
Here’s more about this one from the seller:
A.H. Fox CE Grade 12 GA: 30″ bbls, 2 3/4″ chambers, Modified & Full, 14 3/8″ LOP, 7 3/4lbs. Action shows case color in protected areas and barrel blue remains at 90%. Bores are bright and excellent! Wood is free of cracks with light use marks and has been fitted with an aftermarket pad. Small chip is missing at top right corner behind reciever. Lockup is tight. Price: $3,999