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: 2-5/8″ 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
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.
A couple days ago I put up a post about a 16g Parker DHE on an O frame. That double is one of the grails of grouse hunting. The one you see here is another. While maybe not as coveted as the Parker, it’s still a SxS a lot of guys wish they could carry in October.
Most of the 16g Foxes you’ll see out there are Sterlingworths. Graded, 16-gauge Foxes side-by-sides are scarce shotguns. This is just one of the 3800 or so 16g shotguns A.H. Fox made in grades A-F. This one, made around 1932-33, also has 30″ barrels, which makes it even scarcer.
A.H. Fox A grade SxS Shotgun #301583: 16 ga. 30″ bbls w/bright bores & retaining good overall blue on exterior. Bbls. are marked w/Philadelphia PA address. Left bbl. has a small ding approx. 9″ back from muzzle which shoes slightly in bore. Fully engraved receiver shows good case color in protected areas. Mechanically crisp w/double triggers & ejectors. No Shoc recoil pad & LOP approx. 14″. Original checkered walnut stock. In nice overall condition.
Lot 32401: 12 gauge A.H. Fox HE Grade Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial no. 29397. 12 gauge. 30-inch barrels with matted concave rib. Casehardened border engraved boxlock action. Watertable marked with: H. Finely checkered replacement straight stock of semi-figured contrasting walnut. Silver’s style recoil pad. Fox D-style checkering pattern with scalloped panels at head of stock and arrow head points at grip. Finely checkered replacement splinter fore-end with Fox D-style checkering with diamonds and waves. DATA: Barrel dimensions: Bore diameter: 0.744/0.744 inches. Chokes: 0.048/0.048 inches. (Extra Full/Extra Full) Chambers: 3 1/4 inches. Stock dimensions: Pull: 14 3/4 inches. Weight: 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Estimate: $3,000 – $4,000.
Condition: Excellent, as completely redone. Gun was converted to straight grip, stocked and reblued by Keith Kearcher. Barrels show 99% reblued finish. Action with 99% vivid Doug Turnbull case colors. Triggerguard has been lengthened, reblued and re-engraved. Replacement stock & fore-end show a few very small marks.
Lot 32402:A.H.Fox A Grade Lightweight Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial no. 201859, 20ga, 28-inch barrels with matted rib and marked: CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL/MADE BY A.H.FOX GUN Co. PHILA.PA.U.S.A. Floral-engraved receiver marked: ANSLEY H. FOX. Extractor. Checkered walnut stock and forearms. Whiteline butt pad. LOP is 14-inches. Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500.
Condition: Good to Very Good. Barrels retaining approximately 60-70% blue. Receiver with a gray-brown patina. Stock very good with handling wear and fine scratches. Pinned chip repairs at frame.
Lot 32425: 20 gauge Charles Daly Diamond Grade Boxlock Ejector Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial no. 10599. 20 gauge. 28-inch Kochlings Spezial Steel barrels. Matted concave rib marked Charles Daly Diamond Quality. Extended rib with square cross bolt. Barrels with wedges of fine foliate scroll. Casehardened scalloped boxlock action fully engraved with fine foliate scroll and a game scene on the underside. Watertable stamped: PRUSSIA. Ejectors. Sideclips. Auto safety. Intercepting safeties. Cocking indicators. Casehardened triggerguard with game scene. Finely checkered half pistolgrip stock of highly figured walnut. Vacant silver oval. Horn inlay at grip. Drop points and checkered panels at head of stock. Finely checkered splinter fore-end with Deeley-style release & horn tip. Later leather covered recoil pad. DATA: Barrel dimensions: Bore diameter: 0.629/0.628 inches. Chokes: 0.031/0.031 inches. (Extra Full). Chambers: 2 1/2 inches. Proof: German Nitro 20/20, 12/23. (Note: Out of proof due to enlarged bores, by 0.003 and 0.004 inches respectfully.) Stock dimensions: Pull: 14 3/8 inches. Drop at comb: 1 3/4 inches. Drop at heel: 2 3/4 inches. Cast-off: 3/16 inches. Weight: 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000.
Condition: Excellent, as partially refreshed. Barrels retain 99% reblued finish. Lower rib, under the fore-end with 4 plugged holes. Excellent bright bores. Action shows 90-95% dark case colors with thinning at front from carry-wear. Triggerguard with 80-90% case colors with wear at the lower tang. Stock shows a few light nicks, some dull areas & some areas of light recoated finish.
Lot 32428: Cased E. M. Reilly Bar-in-Wood Hammer Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial no. 22423. 12 gauge. 30-inch Damascus barrels with game rib marked: E. M. Reilly & Co., New Oxford St. London & Rue Scribe, Paris. Casehardened side-lever bar- in-wood action. Rebounding locks. Percussion fences. Finely checkered straight grip stock of figured walnut. Drop points. Horn buttplate. Finely checkered splinter fore-end with Anson release. DATA: Barrel Dimensions: Bore Diameters: 0.731/0.732. Choke: 0.011/0.014 inches (Improved Cylinder/Modified). The left choke is recessed. Chambers: 2 3/4 inches. Proof: Birmingham Nitro, .729/.729, 2 1/2, 3 tons. (Note: Not in proof due to lengthened chambers.) Stock Dimensions: Pull: 13 3/4 inches. Drop at comb: 1 1/4 inches. Drop at heel: 2 inches. Cast-off: 1/8 inches. Weight: 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Brown leather trunk case with green baize interior. Brass fittings. Maker’s period label. Replacement straps. Estimate: $3,000 – $4,000.
Condition: Fine, as partly refinished. Barrels with 94-96% rebrowned finish, excellent bright bores. Barrels show slight external unevenness from rebrowning. Action a nice polished silver gray finish. Reblued triggerguard shows 97-98% finish. Refinished stock with a few light marks, possible older restock. Recheckered stock and fore-end. Fore-end with some slight marring to checkering. Trunk case in very good condition with nicks and scrapes to the exterior. Interior shows some wear and fading.
When it comes to collecting, original condition rules. The more of it a shotgun has, the more collector’s will pay for it. But some prices can be too high, regardless of how crisp and original an item is. That’s what I thought when I saw this A.H. Fox A-grade.
While it sure looks nice and original, I wonder if someone will pay $7,600 for it. But if you’re a serious Fox collector, the answer is probably yes. After all, when are you going to see another 20 gauge A grade as nice as this one?
Here’s more about it from the seller:
A.H Fox A Grade, 20 ga. 26” barrels choked M/F: AH Fox, Philadelphia, PA, chromox, double trigger, extractor, butt plate 99% barrel blue and trigger guard blue, not refinished. 99% perfect case color. Clean and tight, virtually a perfect gun, some minor handling marks (very minor) Super high conditioned gun with perfect screws. Graded Fox 20’s are extremely rare. 5lbs 15oz. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 7/8”. Price: $7,600.00