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
The side-by-sides made by A.H. Fox as classic and American as double-barrel shotguns get. A.H. Foxes came in a number of grades. The Sterlingworths were their entry level shotguns. Today, they’re the ones you see all the time on the used markets. Fox’s graded doubles go from A to F. There’s no E, and there’s also an X.
In all these grades, twenty gauges are the toughest to find. From 1912 to 1940, A.H. Fox made fewer than 4,000 graded 20s of them. That means the 20 gauge A Grade you see here is pretty rare side by side. And even though it has had some “refreshing” done to it, it’s still a nice little shotgun.
Here are the details on it from the seller: Fox 20 gauge A grade with 28 inch barrels,round pistol grip splinter forend,with snap on forend had wood redone and checkering recut also proffesionaly refinished with tru oil,dimensions 14 1/4 lop to original butt plate have Fox research letter. Original 2 1/2 inch chambers gun is on face. Has Krupp fluid steel barrels.
The ultimate grouse gun: I’ve been searching for it for years. This 20 gauge A.H. Fox AE double barrel shotgun on Gunbroker could be it. With double triggers, decent stock dimensions (1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 14-1/4) and lots of original condition, it’s pretty much all I could want in an American side-by-side.
The A.H. Fox gun company billed their A grades as “…a gun that the discriminating sportsman will appreciate as to price and workmanship. It is not a cheap gun, but a more than good gun at a reasonable figure, and can be built to your own specifications without extra charge. The material and fittings are of superior FOX class.”
A.H. Fox made fewer than 4,000 graded 20 gauges, so any one you come across is a good find. And if you’ve ever thought about buying one, I suggest you act quickly. This auction is endings soon. Who knows when you’ll see another nice 20g Fox like it again?
Here’s more about the gun from the seller’s description:
From my personal collection. Very pretty little AE Grade 20 gauge Fox Gun. SN 203xx, marked “Made by A.H. Fox Gun Co Philadelphia PA USA” on barrels and “Ansley H Fox” on receiver sides. 2-3/4″ chambers, “Chromox Fluid Compressed Steel” marked on the 26″ tubes, choked Imp/Full (.015″/0.030″) 99% blue, 97% wood with some scraps and small hunting dings, 98% original case, perfect bores, no dents, no bulges, perfect mechanicals perfect, ejector operation, weight 6 pounds, stocked 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ x 14-1/4″ right hand shoot cast.In it’s original leather Leg of Mutton case. Great gun!