3 good looking Spanish doubles coming up at Morphy’s auction…

Check’em out. Here are three decent looking Spanish sidelock shotguns coming up at Morphy Auctions Field & Range Firearms – Day 4 sale, which starts Friday, December 18, 2020, @ 10:00 AM EST. There are many other decent looking doubles in the sale, including SxSs & OUs by Ithaca, Parker, Fox (including this 16g Sterlingworth Brush gun), Connecticut Shotgun, Browning, LC Smith, Winchester, and other makers. So if you have the time, it’s worth wading through the listings.

LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.
LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4353: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by Quality Arms, Houston, Texas. Blued fine steel barrels with smooth concave rib with fixed chokes with ejectors. Silver finished scroll and floral engraved sidelock action with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in Beretta hard plastic case. CONDITION: 90% overall finish with gun having the appearance of being fired very little. Gun has small handling marks and dings. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case is in good condition. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Imp Cyl and Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/2″ Drop at Heel: 2 – 1/4″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14 -1/4″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57037511 Weight: 6lbs 2oz

LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. 
LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4354: CASED ARRIETA MODEL 570 16 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Arrieta Model 570 side by side shotgun made in Spain and imported by William Larkin Moore and Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fine blued steel barrels with matted rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage scroll and vignette engraving with engraved barrel lugs with side clips. Gun has double triggers and non-automatic safety. Walnut checkered pistol grip stock with checkered wood butt. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes with weather cased Maker’s label canvas trunk with accessories from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: 95% plus overall with some small usage scratches and some small dings in stock near comb. Gun looks to have been fired very little. Perfect bores with good mechanics. Case in good shape with some small handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case, accessories Barrel Length: 28″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 1 – 7/8″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 16 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: Arrieta Model: 570 Serial Number: 57031912 Weight: 6lb 5.6oz

LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.
LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN.

LOT 4355: CASED AYA 20 BORE SIDE BY SIDE SHOTGUN. Aguirre y Aranzabal Model XXV side by side shotgun made in Spain circa 1988-1993. Blued fine steel barrels with Churchill rib, bead front sight, ejectors, and fixed chokes. Case hardened sidelock action with full coverage vignette engraved detachable sideplates with double triggers and automatic safety. Walnut checkered English straight grip style stock with raised diamond carving behind locks. Gun comes with added “Kick-EEZ” pad. Walnut checkered splinter forearm with push-button release. Comes in fitted canvas case with weather cover from Jeff’s Outfitters. CONDITION: Overall like new with some light usage scratches and marks. Stock cut for added recoil pad. Gun appears to have been fired very little. Perfect bores and mechanics. Case in great shape with some light handling marks. DLM Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 26″ Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: Mod and Imp Cyl Drop at Comb: 1 – 1/4″ Drop at Heel: 2″ FFL Status: Modern Gauge: 20 Bore Length of Pull: 14″ Manufacturer: AYA Model: XXV Serial Number: 602227 Weight: 5lbs 11.6oz

What kind of Fox shotgun is worth $159,000? This one …

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun you see here is one of the legends of American gunmaking. The FE was Fox’s finest shotgun. Few of them were built, and just six of those were twenty gauges. Morphy Auctions sold it this spring for $159,900 ($130,000+ buyer’s premium)!

Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.
Fox FE, page from 1939 Savage Fox Catalog. Gun cost $525.

Brand new in 1939, a twenty-gauge FE cost $525 — about the same as a Parker AHE and half what Abercrombie & Fitch wanted for a new Purdey. A Fox Sterlingworth with ejectors cost $57.75.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

LOT 2237: FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN: Perhaps the most exciting discovery in American Sporting shotgun collecting in the past 20 years, and offered for sale publicly for the first time since new is the very last A.H. Fox FE Grade 20 Bore presented here. In total, there are believed to have been just six FE Grade 20 bore guns made, three in Philadelphia, and three by Savage Arms after their takeover of the A.H. Fox Gun Company.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Several of the other FE Grade 20 bore guns are known to collectors and this gun, previously rumored but not before offered publicly, has recently surfaced in Colorado where its current owner consigned it with our firm. The gun was made with #3 weight 28″ Chromox barrels which have a low profile raised ventilated matted rib with twin ivory beads. Barrels with chain border at muzzles and hand engraved “CHROMOX FLUID STEEL” / SAVAGE ARMS CORP., UTICA, N.Y. U.S.A.” on tops. Barrels also engraved with 2 – 3/4″ wedge of engraving at breech ends with gold lightning bolts – the signature on a FE Grade Fox! Made with beavertail forend which is finely checkered in point and tear drop pattern and also carved in fleur-de-lis towards action. The case hardened Deeley release is fully engraved as is forend iron, which is also hand engraved with serial number and simple scroll on the inside. Action is full coverage engraved, signed by W.H. Gough twice, once in front of the nickel plated trigger “ENG. BY W.H.G.” and once on the right side of the action on top of the game scene “Gough”.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

Action with gold inlaid stars on hinge pin, gold inlaid setter on right, pointer on left, all surrounded by perfectly executed shaded floral scroll. Top lever and top tang are fully engraved and “SAFE” in gold in front of engraved safety button. One large quail and five chicks are found on the bottom ahead of the trigger plate in game scene. Trigger plate is fully engraved in floral scroll pattern. Trigger guard is fully engraved in floral scroll and gold inlaid “E.A. GRIM MD” on bow and serial number in gold on tang. Beautifully figured fiddleback European Walnut buttstock is of capped pistol grip configuration and terminates with its original skeleton buttplate which is case hardened and fully engraved. The butt is beautifully checkered in fleur-de-lis through the wrist with ribbands and checkered side panels with fleur-de-lis pattern. Housed in a beautiful Huey oak and leather case no. 194 made for this gun. Made with single selective trigger, auto ejectors and auto safety. According to the factory records, this gun was ordered new by Dr. E.A. Grim in the exact same configuration and nearly exact same condition as today.

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN

The gun was special ordered with the skeleton buttplate, large forend, ventilated rib, gold name on trigger guard single trigger, and two ivory beads. Of note, the gun was requested to be proofed with black powder loads for 2 – 3/4″ chambers – a very late black powder proofing! According to our consignor, Dr. Grim died before taking possession of the gun. His widow then gave the gun to his physician partner who had it until the time of his passing in the 1970s. From there the gun was sold to a private collector in Colorado until being consigned to our firm earlier this year. CONDITION: Extremely fine and near mint. It would be hard to imagine a gun of this age and quality remaining in a finer state of preservation than this gun. It retains virtually all of its bold original barrel blue and case colors with almost no sign of any wear at all. The gun appears to have been test fired only with only the very faintest of shell ring on the right side of the standing breech. There are a couple of very minor handling marks and impressions in the stock but it is overall near mint. The case is very good with some rubs and scratches in the leather and outer straps are missing. Simply put, when it comes to Fox shotguns, truly there are none finer than this offering. This gun is suited for the most discriminating buyer of sporting arms and is a treasure in American Gun collecting and American Gun Art at its highest form. JSL Accessories: Case Barrel Length: 28″ Barrel Wall Thickness: (L) .023 (R) .026 Chamber: 2 – 3/4″ Choke: (L) .014 (R) .028 Drop at Comb: 1 – 11/16″ Drop at Heel: 3″ FFL Status: Curio & Relic Gauge: 20 Bore Internal Bore Diameter: (BOTH) .625 Length of Pull: 13 – 1/2″ From rear position single selective trigger Manufacturer: A.H. Fox Model: FE Grade SxS Serial Number: 203760 Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz. SOLD FOR: $159,900

FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
FRESH TO MARKET AND RECENTLY DISCOVERED TRULY INCREDIBLE NEAR MINT AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE 20g A.H. FOX FE-GRADE SXS SHOTGUN
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