Daniel Myron Lefever started the Lefever Arms Co. in 1883 and guns were made under that name until around 1921. Over those 38 years, the company built around 73,000 SxS. Of those, twenty gauges were among the rarest
C-grades were middle-grade guns and several steps away from the company’s finest doubles — the $1000 Grade, the Optimus, and came after Lefever AAs, A, & B. According to the book Uncle Dan Lefever: Master Gunmakers by Robert Elliott, around 3,000 C-grades were built. How many of these were 20s? Maybe 30 – probably less. Because the records for Lefever Arms Co. firearms were lost, no one knows for sure.
Lefever CE Grade 20 ga. Shotgun: Outstanding and Rare Lefever CE Grade 20 bore in excellent condition with 26” steel barrels choked 1/4 and modified, twin beads, beautiful stock figure, Lefever butt plate, gold initial medallion, ejectors, double triggers, automatic safety, outstanding engraving, 72xxx s/n, some case colors, but mostly silver frame, excellent barrel blue, 14 x 1 9/16 x 2 3/4, 6.2 lbs., 2 3/4” chambers. Price:$12,500
The Baltimore Arms Co. was one of America’s didn’t-make-it gunmakers. From 1900 to 1904, they manufactured side-by-side shotguns based on a patent designed by Frank Hollenbeck. this Sunday, June 2, @ 8am, one of these shotguns is coming up at Redding Auction Service in Gettysburg, PA.
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. 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. 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.