Here’s one of the Holy Grails of American shotguns. A.H. Fox made very few graded, 20 gauge double, and one in a CE-grade is very tough to do. This one here sure looks original, and the stock is high enough to make the gun really usable.
A.H. Fox CE Grade 20ga double barrel SxS shotgun: Early gun manufactured in 1915, SN: 2007xx. 26″ M/F Krupp Steel barrels with very good blue. Ejectors. Very nice wood in excellent condition, modern, shootable dimensions at 14″ LOP, 2 1/2″ DAH for original buttplate. Gun weighs right about 6 lbs, points and swings like a dream. Case colors in protected areas. Beautiful, early engraving in excellent condition. This gun comes with documentation and will letter if owner so desires. A rare opportunity to own a nice, original example of an early graded AH Fox shotgun produced when quality was at its best. Price:$12,500.
Nice smallbore A.H. Fox shotguns are tough to find, especially twenty-gauge CEs with straight grips. The one you see here looks like a decent example. But there are a few things about that have me scratching my head.
According to the seller, the stock and metal finishes on the gun are original. I’ve looked at the pics several times, and to me, the bbls and triggerguard look too blue and the checkering looks too sharp — especially for a gun with so little original color-case hardening. Like I said, a real head scratcher……
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
Fox’s Cs were mid-grade shotguns, a little fancy and sort of affordable. Finding one in 20 gauge is not an easy feat, and I bet this one will well above the estimate. Here are the full details on this SxS from the auctioneer:
Lot 174: A.H. Fox CE Grade 20 GA Double Barrel Shotgun: Serial #: 202315. Manufactured date: 1910. Barrel length: 26″. Chamber length: 2-1/2″. Choke dimension: M & IC. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2-1/2″. Drop on the toe: 1-1/2″. Excellent shiny bores with a few frecklings of rust on barrels. Receiver shows trace of case coloring. Exceptional example of an “Ansley Fox” made in Philadelphia. Chromux fluid compressed steel. Barrels not factory length. Originality: 95%.
Condition (Fine). Estimate: $2,500-$4,000
If you like it, get on it soon. The auction ends on 6/1/2013 @ 6:10:00 PM ET. Demand for it is strong and it looks like it will go north of $4000.
Here are the details on it from the seller:
12 gauge A.H. Fox CE Grade SxS, 32″ bbls: Factory card shows that S/N 26476 left the factory in the same current configuration as it is today. Barrels 32″ Full pistol grip Choked M&M when it left the factory Chokes today are .028 and .028 Weight 7lbs. 11 oz. Drop at heel 2 7/8″ LOP 14 1/8″ Ejectors Ivory front bead Bores are in very good condition. Wood is not cracked, only one small repair which can be seen in the picture of the forend, and a dent at the front of the comb. A fair amount of case coloring in the protected areas. I have personally hunted with this gun and it operates, ejects, and shoots flawlessly.
She’s #203617, making her a Savage-era gun from about 1935. Fox’s CE grade was a middle to upper grade double for Fox, and they’re very hard to find in 20 gauge.
Here’s the info on it from the auctioneer: A.H. Fox CE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun. #203617. 20 gauge. Engraved Receiver, Curly Walnut Stock, Diamond Cut Checkering, 24″ Barrels, Pull 13 3/4″ Choked: Left 1/4, Right: I.C., Noted as “Plantation Quail Gun”. Beautiful and rare. Original sales ticket and pattern tag.
Holland & Holland Royal SXS 12 GAUGE: Made 1952. #339XX, 26″ bbls, Chokes 009 and 016, 2 3/4″ chambers, self opener, leather covered pad, excellent original condition with light handling marks. 6lbs 11oz . 14 3/4 LOP. Price: $37,500.00
Army-Navy Side-by-Side Double Rifle .470 Nitro Express: No. 45921, 25″ barrels. Built on the Webley Long Bar action, perhaps the strongest double rifle action ever made. Double triggers, ejectors and intercepting sears. Bores are good to very good with rifling square and tall. Wt.- 11 lbs. Pull- 14 1/2″ from front trigger. A super classic hunting rifle! Price: $29,500.00
Fr. Wilh. Heym Side Plate 20ga: 28” barrels, IMP CYL/MOD, SG/DT Leather pad, matt rib, cocking indicators, splinter for end, AE, doll’s head extension, 2 ¾”, Krupp steel barrels, pre-war. Extreme high quality gun. In its original compact leather case. The highest grade, side plate gun with magnificent semi-relief game scenes, of pointers, setters, fox and duck scene. Balance of receiver covered in semi-relief ornamental scroll, with deep chisel breeches. Retaining most all case color, barrel blue and wood finish. We have owned 12’s and 16’s but never had the opportunity of handling a 20 ga. This gun is of superior quality over most other guns. With perfect dimensions, light weight and fast, all of the best options and configuration, side clips, third fastener. The very best pre-war quality. 14 5/8” x 1 ½” x 2 3/8” 5lbs 13oz. Price: $14,500.00
A. H. Fox CE 12 Ga: Ser. No. 33915 12 Ga.- 2 3/4″ chambers- 30″ Chromox barrels choked M/F. DT, EJ, SF, Semi PG stock to hard butt. 14″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″. 60% CC, 95% blue and finish. A nice old Fox. Price: $6,500.00
Here’s a side-by-side you don’t see every day. It’s a 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE double barrel shotgun and it’s being auctioned off at Little John’s on Wednesday, May 23. The C grade was Fox’s mid-grade gun. From one of their catalogs: “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.”
Fox introduced 16 & 20 gauge guns around 1911-1912 and the company called their new smallbores “The most perfectly proportioned small-gauge gun ever built.” A lot of Fox collectors would agree with this statement, and because Fox made so few graded 20 gauges, this CE is sure to attract a ton of interest. Add in it’s condition and the presence of the original hang tag and this side-by-side could each go for $10,000+.