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PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE - ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION - 30" BARRELS
PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE

PARKER BHE 12 GAUGE – ORIGINAL OUTSTANDING CONDITION – 30″ BARRELS: Parker BHE (Grade 5) in 12 gauge with 30″ barrels. Straight grip with skeleton butt plate. Sharp engraving. Excellent case colors. Double triggers. Bores as original at .732 with 40/1000 choke (Full) in each barrel. Chambers as original at 2 3/4″. Number 2 Frame size. 163,000 serial number range (1912-1913 Date of Manufacture). Top lever far right indicating minimal use. Weight of gun is 7 LBS 13 1/4 OZ. LOP – 14 1/2″. Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″. Drop at Heel – 2 7/8″. Price: $27,995

 

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8" Bbls:
BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls:

BELGIUM SxS 405 WIN- EXC PRE-WAR DOUBLE- EXC PLUS BORES- EXC WOOD- ONLY 6 Lbs. 11 Oz.- 25 5/8″ Bbls: #1737, A Belgium Pre-War Quality 405 Winchester Double Rifle, 25 5/8″ extractor Dovetail lump barrels, Rib extension hidden third bite, Full length rib with a flip over two blade rear sight, Bolstered frame, Bushed strikers, Double triggers with the front articulated, Open pistol grip stock, Wrap around checkering, Splinter forend with an Anson release, Sling eyes, 14 5/16″ LOP over a full faced checkered butt, No cheekpiece, No cast so it is ideal for the left or right hand, Nice weight of 6 lbs. 11 oz., An excellent piece of European Walnut with deep black & brown contrast, 15% engraving coverage with deep carved oak leaves on the balls of the action, 50% original case colors, The barrel blue at 96%, The stock finish at 92%, The checkering at 92%, Excellent plus bores, It has “W. L.” engraved on the floorplate that was done later. This is a very nice and attractive double rifle that is light and has quick handling characteristics. Here is a neat fun gun in a great American cartridge. Price: $7,250

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.
Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore.

Prussian Built J.P. Sauer Grade 40E 12 bore. This gun exhibits old world craftsmanship at its finest.  Overall in VG – Exc. Condition.  Bores are perfect, with no defects.  Action is sound on the face with no looseness throughout the drop.  Barrel blue remains at a conservative 90%.  Case colors have mellowed to a dark French Grey with mottled case color mixed in for a very classy appearance.  Just a great gun with a lifetime of service left.   Maker J.P. Sauer – Prussia Gauge/Caliber 12 Bore Barrels 28″ w/ 2 3/4″ Chambers. Chokes Mod. & Full Engraving Game Scene, Scroll, & Woodland Scene. Action BLE w/ Crossbolt Third Fastner Stock Well figured Circassian Butt Hawkins Pad. L.O.P. 14 3/8″ Weight 6 lbs. 12.9 oz. Stock Dimensions 1 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 14 3/8 x 1/4 cast off. Price $6950

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:
AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box:

AYA #2 28ga Side-by-Side Shotgun. As new in factory box: This is a delightful gun that handles like a wand in virtually brand new condition. Matching factory box included. The only reason I know that the gun has been fired is the man who bought it new said he fired a handful of rounds thru it. SHOWS NO WEAR/USE Straight grip, automatic ejectors, double triggers. Imported by N.E. Custom Gun Service Plainfield, NH . Mfct 2003 by serial number. 27″ barrels choked IC & IC. The gun is so slender that the barrels feel longer. Perfect length for this little 28ga gun. 5# 12oz DAC 1 1/2″ DAH 2 3/8″ LOP 15″ Beautiful color case hardening and walnut with nice color and grain. Fantastic long dimensions with checkered butt. This gun offers an incredible value for the money!!! Price: $4895

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors
A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors

A H Fox Sterlingworth DeLuxe 16 Gauge Automatic Ejectors: A H FOX, UTICA STERLINGWORTH DELUXE, 16 GAUGE, 28″ BARRELS, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS, EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR BORES, TWIN IVORY BEADS.  BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  PISTOL GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT.  GREAT DIMENSIONS 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/8″, JOSTAM PAD.  100% ORIGINAL INCLUDING THE PAD, 6 1/2 POUNDS.  MADE IN LAST YEAR OF PRODUCTION 1939.  TRUE DELUXE MODELS ARE SCARCE. Price: $2,500

 

What’s it worth? A nice 16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth, 28″ barrels…

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Here’s a shotgun that a lot of guys are looking: A 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with 28″ barrels. This one looks like it’s in decent shape. It’s up for auction now, and it will be interesting to see just how high the price goes. The listing ends Sunday, February 23 @18:02 PT.

Here’s the full description from the seller:

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun: Like new old 16ga 2 3/4 inch AH Fox Sterlingworth with 28inch barrels. Gun is near mint condition. The recoil pad that was on the gun got hard so I sent it out to be replaced. While it was out the forearm and stock were retouched because they had a few marks. Wood has no cracks, marks or dings. All wood is perfect. While it was getting the wood done a small scratch on the trigger guard was redone. Other than that all case colors are original, all bluing on the barrel is original and perfect. Wood to metal fit is perfect and tight. There is one small nick in the wood as you can see in the fourth picture. It is the size of a pin head. Bore are perfect, chokes are modified and improved cylinder these are correct measurements and factory. Gun appears to have slight use. Flawless, almost mint condition. Comes with a full box of old shells and a 16 ga gun cleaning kit that has not been used.

16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun
16 Ga Double Barrel A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun

Good gun alert: a 12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun…

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun

Like the Federal Income Tax, skeet is one of those things I assume has always been around. Of course, that’s not true. Skeet was invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA (I can’t imagine grouse in Andover, MA).  In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced the sport to America in the February issue of National Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game took off, and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun

To meet this demand, Fox introduced the Skeet & Upland Game Gun in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. The double you see here is one of those guns. It’s on Gunbroker.com and the listing ends on  2/8/2014 2:10:29 PM ET

Fox Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland  Game: Straight grip and 26″ barrels choked skeet and modified. Barrels are in great condition with no dents or dings. Bores are bright and shiney and I would rate the bluing at 98%. Action locks up tight and lever is right of center. Stock has hairline crack in head (shown in picture) that could be repaired easily. Finish is nice and looks original with a few light scratches and handling marks. Gun weighs 6 lbs. 9 oz., Stock dimensions are 14 1/4″ LOP, 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH.

UPDATE: I just heard there’s some question about this gun being a true Skeet & Upland Game model. Before writing the check, you may want to verify the serial number through the Fox Collector’s Association.

12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun
12g Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game gun

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Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate - 12 ga
Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga

Matched Pair Westley Richards Droplocks w/hinged floor plate – 12 ga: 28 inch barrels, S.S.T., auto ejectors, both are choked I/C and I/C. LOP 14″.  The barrel flats are stamped  with 2 3/4″,  3 1/4 ton,  1 1/8 oz .  Made in 1912 according to Griffin & Howe. Triggers and ejectors work well. One trigger guard has a Pointer engraved; the other a Setter. Both have a little cast off of  1/8 – 3/16″.  Stocks have leather pads. The dimensions are: #1   DAC 1 5/8,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs., #2: DAC 1 1/2,  DAH 2 1/8,  Weight 6 lbs 8 ozs. Price: $19,600

Holland & Holland Top Lever Hammer 450 BPE SxS Rifle: Circa. 1886. SN: 8772.   Steel Barrels are Proofed: 52 Cordite – 365 Bullet.   Exceptional overall condition.  Bores appear, as new ,  in virtually unused condition.  Action is total sound.  Case colors and blue remain in very rich color. This would be a pleasant rifle to shoot and hunt with.  Rare find in this condition. Barrels: 26″, Fluid Steel,  Stock well Figured French Walnut Butt Horn L.O.P. 14 1/2″ Weight 7 lbs. 13.3 oz  Price $16,500

Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14" BPE Circa. 1886.
Holland & Holland Top Lever 450 3 14″ BPE Circa. 1886.
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F
A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F

A.H Fox , Sterlingworth, 20ga., 30” Barrels, choked IM/F100% case color, 99% blue, and wood finish.  Small handling marks.  Original pad that has been deteriorated from sitting in a rack.  Twin ivory sights, ultra rare barrel length.  This gun is near perfect Philadelphia, PA gun, no excuses, right out of the woodwork, virgin gun. 14 ¼” x 1 ½” x 2 ¾”. 6 lbs 5oz. Price: $5,500

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL 20GA 28″ BARREL: Double Triggers, Case Color on Receiver is 90%+, Barrel Blue is 85%+, Both Screw Heads on Side-plate, are slightly damaged. This gun was Made in 1936, and we believe this is a “Standard Weight Frame”, Only 22 standard weight frame 20GA Ideal’s were ever made. London Steel Barrels, most likely Mod/Full. Wood is 95% and has very few handling marks. Grip Cap, and Butt Plate excellent. Price: $3300

L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28" BARREL
L.C. SMITH, IDEAL GRADE, 20 GA, 28″ BARREL
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28" O/U shotgun
B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U shotgun

B. Rizzini Artemis Classic 20 ga, 28″ O/U: This gun is barely used, in “as new condition” with beautiful AAA upgraded wood. The barrels are 28″ with 7 Rizzini chokes: Cyl, Skt x 2, IC, LM, LF, XF & 3″ chambers. Right hand 1/8″ cast off, 1 3/8″ DAC, 2 1/4″ DAH and 14 1/2″ LOP to Rizinni wood butt plate. Rizzini hard case and cloth sleeves are included. Price: $2495.

A special double: an A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20 gauge…

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

Gun collectors like little extras, and stuff like a shotgun’s original case, cleaning accessories, and retail hang tag will make a double much more special – and valuable. This 20 gauge Sterlingworth Deluxe has both, and it’s in nice original condition. I bet it will end up in a collector’s safe very soon.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG: A very unique set that has spent most of it’s entire life just a handful of miles from the Fox/Savage plant in Utica, NY. and was no doubt purchased/owned by a Savage employee. The gun is an A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe grade in 20 gauge. This is the most deluxe “Deluxe” that I have seen. The Sterlingworth Deluxe was catalogued with twin ivory beads and recoil pad which this gun has completely original. What sets this gun apart is the highly grained/figured walnut in the buttstock…very atypical for a Sterlingworth gun. This wood was generally reserved for the graded Fox guns, no doubt hand picked for the original buyer. The overall condition of this little Fox is excellent.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

It retains a generous 50-60% factory color case hardening, faded on the belly and forward sides of frame. The barrels and trigger guard retain most of their original factory blued finish. The barrels show some thinning and light scratching on typical carry areas. The wood is totally sound with good fit and finish. No cracks or serious mars. Light handling marks from gentle use. Most of the factory varnish remains on both buttstock and forend. All screws are virtually untouched. This gun locks up tight and lever is well right of center. It’s obvious that this 20ga Fox was carried more than it was shot which one would expect from a Northeast upland bird gun.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG

I measure the barrels as follows: Right: 621 with 9 thou to 4 thou of choke…minimum wall thickness of 29 thou at the muzzle. Left: 621 with 8 thou choke… minimum wall thickness 35 thou. 2 3/4″ chambers. This gun still has its orginal factory hangtag included which is a delight. This gun originally had full choke right and improved cylinder left…a very unusual combination. Apparently the right barrel choke was opened at a later time to an IC constriction as well, making it better suited for close flushing birds. While the gun and hangtag are special in their own right, this set is complete with what is believed to be a factory Savage Arms era hardcase which was obviously built for this particular gun. Savage collectors will recognize this case as a similar type that was catalogued for the Savage Model 99 Rifle/410 Combination set.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun. Cased, with original HANGTAG
Original hang tag for the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 20ga SxS Shotgun

This case is larger than the rifle case but wears similar hardware and has the same type of black leatherette covering. The interior is lined in red felt with separate areas for 20ga shells, cleaning rod & jags and other accessories. I have seen no reference to this type Fox shotgun case mentioned in any of the Fox literature but by virtue of this gun’s tie to Utica and special wood I have no reason to think it was not supplied as a special order to a Savage employee/Exec. with it’s similiarity to the catalogued rifle cases. This is an unique opportunity to purchase a special set that can be used and enjoyed afield. Price: $2,995.00

Auction alert: Shotguns by J.P. Sauer, A.H. Fox, Browning….

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga:
J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

Late alert: Zettlemoyer Auction Co. in Fogelsville, PA, is having a firearms auction tomorrow, 11/23 @ 10:30am. They have a number of nice doubles in the sale, including the side-by-side and over-under shotguns below:

J.P. Sauer Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga: s/n 283723; brl length 28 1/4″; top break SxS; Very good cond ; extra pistol grip w/cheek weld, engraved action, West Germany.

Browning Citori Sporter 20g Over Under Shotgun
Browning Citori Sporter 20g Over Under Shotgun

Browning Citori Sporter O/U shotgun, 20 ga: s/n 06754; brl length 28″; top break O/U Excellent cond; OB, engraved receiver, vent rib, 3″ mag, checkered straight grip stock.

A. H. Fox C Grade Double Barrel Shotgun, 12 ga: s/n 19595; brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good condition; engraved: receiver, brls, trigger guard & foregrip release, checkered pistol grip stock, dbl bead.

A. H. Fox C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 g
A. H. Fox C Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 g

A. H. Fox A Grade Side-by-Side Shotgun, 12 ga: s/n 13063 brl length 30″; top break SxS; Good cond; checkered pistol grip stock, engraved receiver.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga: s/n 359912; brl length 28″; top break SxS; Very good cond ; case colors, checkered pistol grip stock.

A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga
A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun 16 ga

Good gun alert: 16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game…

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 - RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Of all the A.H. Fox Sterlingworth shotguns ever made, the model you see here is one of the hardest to find.  The Sterlingworth Skeet and Upland Game Gun was introduced in 1935. Skeet was new sport then, having been invented in 1920 by Charles Davis, a grouse hunter from Andover, MA.

In 1926, William Harnden Foster introduced Skeet to America with an article in the February issue of National Sportsman and Hunting and Fishing magazine. The game boomed in popularity and by the ’30s makers  offers shotguns tailored for the sport.

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 - RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 – RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 – RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game! Factory Letter! 6 lb 8oz: Price: $3,250.00

Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 - RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game
Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge #370858 – RARE GUN, Skeet & Upland Game

Barrel Length: 26″
Chokes: .009/.019
Bores: mirror
% Blue: 99%
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Ribs: tight
Sights: double ivory
Ejectors or Extractors: extractors
Case Color: 60%
Trigger Type: double
Trigger Guard Color: 99%

Type: english/splinter
LOP: 14, to End Of Wood: 12 7/8″
DAH: 2 3/4″, DAC: 1 5/8″, Cast: 0
Price: $3,250.00

Very odd…A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16g with an peculiar stock…

16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

The A.H. Fox Sterlingworth  was one of the most practical doubles ever made in America. Rugged and affordable, it was a reliable SxS that gave hunters everything they needed at a great price.

Wise Americans recognized this and made the Sterlingworth a huge success. But of the 100,000+ Sterlies made, none of the ones I’ve seen have had a round-knob stock on them like the onee on this Sterlie.

Round-knob grips were special order items available on A-B-C and other graded Foxes. But that wasn’t the case with the Sterlies. Serial #363731 puts this gun around 1927. According to the AH Fox Collector’s Association,  the 1927 catalog The FOX GUN”( A.H. Fox “Wood Grain” Catalog A.H. Fox Gun Company, Philadelphia, Pa.) states: “…THE STOCK is best quality plain American Walnut, thoroughly seasoned and checkered. Full capped pistolgrip only…”

16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

So where did this stock come from? It sure looks original to me. So was it special ordered, or added afterwards by the factory? I’m not sure. A factory letter may solve the mystery — or it may say nothing.

This shotgun is at Gunauction.com and the listing ends October 6, 2013 @ 16:47:00 PT. If you like the stock as much as I do, you should bid on it now. Here are the details on it from the seller:

16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun
16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel, SxS Shotgun

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 16ga Side by Side: Serial number 363781 which is correct on for end, barrel and receiver. 26″ barrels, choke unknown, checkered pistol grip, boxlock action, extractors and ejectors,double triggers and auto safety,. Mfg 1910-1942 in Phila. Pa, by A.H. Fox company. Bluing on barrels are just outstanding, and receiver shows case coloring as you can see in pictures, bore is bright and shiny . LOP to rear trigger is 13 1/4 and 14 to front, wood shows some small handling marks, but overall in super condition.

Good gun alert: 20g Fox Sterlingworth, 28″, ejectors…

20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28" barrels, Ejectors
20g Fox Sterlingworth Shotgun, 28″ barrels, Ejectors

Here’s a double a lot of guys are looking for – and for good reason. Fox Sterlingworths are great American doubles. Finding one in 20g with this much condition, 28″ barrels and ejectors is tough to do.

If you like the looks of it, get on it now. It’s online and the auction ends 9/15/13 19:05:0. Here are the spec from the seller:

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 20 ga. side by side shotgun. Serial #263097, mfg. 1929. Very good condition. Oh boy, oh boy, we have a Prom Queen here! Go get the crown! Beautiful and elegant 20 ga. Sterlingworth on the small frame with ejectors and CONDITION: 70% fading case colors and 95% blue on the barrels! Yee haw! Nice tight action. 28″ ribbed barrels. Bright bores. Choked M/F. Marked “Savage Arms Corp., Utica, N.Y. USA” on top of left barrel and “Sterlingworth Fluid Compressed Steel” on right top of barrel. Original stock has some hunting marks as expected. Hard buttplate. Ejectors work great! Double triggers. All original and gorgeous!

Auction Alert: 20g Browning Diana, Parker SC Trap, Remington M32, 16 Fox, 12g Parker…

Along with this 20g A.H. Fox, there a bunch of nice looking shotguns coming up this Saturday, Jun 15, at Morphy Auctions in Denver, PA. Here are the ones that caught my eye.

Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun
Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun

Browning Superposed Diana O/U 20 GA Shotgun:  Manufacture date: 1962. Serial #: 25309. Barrel length: 26″. Factory engraving and signed by Browning, master engraver, “M. Magis”. Frame is fully engraved with depictions of pheasants, ducks, game birds, and rabbits. Incredible Turkish Walnut stock and fore end with nice checkering . Estimate: $10,000.00 – $15,000.00

Remington M32, 30" bbls, double triggers
Remington M32, 30″ bbls, double triggers

Remington M32 12 GA Shotgun: Serial #: 677. Barrel length: 30″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: M-Im. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 1/4″. Drop at toe: 1 – 1/2″. Remington trap grade with recoil pad Bluing thinning on receiver barrels retain good bluing. Wood has a few handling. Estimate: $300.00 – $500.00

Savage-Fox Sterlingworth 16 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 369643. Barrel length: 28″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Choke dimension: F-M. Length of pull: 14″. Drop on the heel: 2 – 3/4″. Vivid case coloring and barrel bluing is excellent. Mechanically fine with very few scratches on stock. Blued trigger shows a few scratches. Estimate: $400.00-500.00

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun. 32" bbls.
Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun. 32″ bbls.

Parker VH 12 GA SxS Shotgun: Serial #: 141071. Barrel length: 32″. Chamber length: 2 – 3/4″. Length of pull: 14 – 1/2″. Drop on the heel: 1 – 3/4″. Concave rib Parker barrels center white gear. Small spot of rust on rig and lever retains a right position. Vivid case coloring still remains on receiver with good. Estimate: $1,000.00 – $1,500.00

A king of condition: 16g Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

Fox Sterlingworths used to be one of the best buys in American shotguns. Hunters realized this and made it the company’s best seller. From 1910 to about 1940, the A.H. Fox and then the Savage Arms Company shipped around 140,000 of these great side-by-side shotguns to shooters throughout North America.

Most Sterlies were used hard for years. Swept across barbed-wire, smacked into rock walls by wincing owners, and carried with hope through rainy openings-days. Other Sterlies their stock cut down to fit a kid a brother and their blueing rubbed away by October after October of grimy, sweat-soaked leather guns.  Not that the guns minded.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

But today’s collectors do. So even though thousands of Sterlies have survived, few are in the kind of pristine condition that makes collectors crazy. That’s what makes the 16g Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe you see here so special. It’s also why it sold within a few hours of appearing online.

Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe 16 gauge, New in Box: A Utica-Made Sterlingworth Deluxe 16 gauge, 28″ bbls, Mod & Full. Featuring factory double ivory beads and factory Jostam pad. The shotgun shows very light handling marks and was used little if at all. Nearly all of the original case color and barrel blue. Includes original box and packing material. Any Fox shotgun in this condition would nearly impossible to upgrade. Price: $4,000.00

See more pics at Ironmen Arms & Antiques.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Deluxe, New in Box

Good gun alert: a 16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 30″ bbls & ejectors…

16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun, 30" barrels, ejectors
16 gauge A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun, 30″ barrels, ejectors

Fox Sterlingworths are easy to find. That’s because A.H. Fox made a ton of them. Even the small bores — the 16 gauges and the 20 gauges — are pretty common.

Regardless of the gauge, most of the Sterlies you see out there are similar – pistol grips, non-ejectors, 26″ or 28″ barrels. So once you throw in ejectors and squeeze the barrels out to 30″, you’re dealing with a Sterlingworth that’s much harder to find–especially in 16 gauge.

Well, here is one of those hard-to-find A.H. Fox Sterlingworth SxSs in 16 gauge, with 30″ barrels and ejectors. It’s a Savage-era Fox with 2 3/4″ chambers and high dimensions, so it’s more shootable than Fox’s earlier doubles.  The price is fair, too.

Here’s more about it from the seller:

Fox Sterlingworth 16E gauge S/S : 1933 ejector Fox 16 with open chokes, clean bores, tight action, some color & re-blacked barrelsLOP: 13-3/4″ Drop: 2-1/4″ – 1-1/4″ Cast: 0″: Barrel length: 30″ 2-3/4″ chambers, chokes – R)663-007, L)664-007, Choke: IC/IC Weight: 6lb14oz. A good shooter ready for the field! Price: $1,695.00.

Auction alert: a nice 16g Fox Sterlingworth with 28″ barrels…

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun

Fox Sterlingworths are the gateway drug of vintage doubles. A Sterly was my first side-by-side, and I was hooked on doubles forever once I shots a few pheasant with it.

The A.H. Fox Company started making Sterlingworths around 1910. The company offered them right up to its end. In that time, these shotguns were one of America’s best buys. Rugged and reliable, they came in all sorts of configurations – from the Standard model you see here to a Sterlingworth Wildfowl and Sterlingworth Brush models.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun

This 16 gauge would be perfect as is for grouse and woodcock. But be warned: If you buy it, you’re a big step closer to an addiction to old doubles.

Here’s a more about it from the seller:

Fox Sterlingworth 16GA Double Barrel Shotgun#368593: The 28″ bores are are excellent with 2 5/8″ chambers. No dents. There is a patch under the barrels, in front of the forend with light surface pitting. There are a few other spots of even lighter corrosion. This is a non-ejector gun. The pull is about 14 1/8″. There are no chips or cracks in the wood. It is excellent mechanically and test fired OK.

16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun
16 gauge Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrels Side-by-Side Shotgun

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Holland and Holland Royal matched pair, 12 gauge, double barrel shotguns
Holland and Holland Royal matched pair, 12 gauge, double barrel shotguns

Holland and Holland Royal matched pair 12 gauge: Each gun has 2 sets of barrels.One set  is 30″ long and choked improved cylinder and improved modified.The second set is 25″long and choked improved and improved.The 30″ barrels are 21/2″ chambered and the shorter barrels are 23/4″.The stock dimensions are 143/4″ x 11/2″ x21/4″ with 3/8″ cast off at heel.The guns weigh 6-4 each.Cased in a VC motor case. Made in the mid 1920s.Serial numbers are 29453 and 29454. Price: $64,900

Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauage Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun
Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauage Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun

Pedro Arrizabalaga 20 gauge side by side shotgun: 27-1/2″ barrels with flat file cut rib, choked modified and full, 2-3/4″ chambers. A best quality, hand-detachable sidelock with sideclips, and hidden third fastener. Self-opening coin finished action engraved in an early Holland & Holland acanthus pattern. Double triggers with articulated front trigger, splinter forend, straight diamond grip of well-figured European walnut measures 1-3/8″ comb, 2-1/8″ heel, 15-1/8″ over a full leather fitted pad. Weighs 6 lbs, 6 oz. Cased. Price: $8,750.

L. Santina Bernardelli - Rebounding Hammer - Side Lock - 28ga
L. Santina Bernardelli – Rebounding Hammer – Side Lock – 28ga

L. Santina Bernardelli – Rebounding Hammer – Side Lock – 28ga – English Stock; 1969, 2-3/4″, 27-3/4″ Extractor Barrels, M / F (.016 / .030), Hand Filed Rib, Double Triggers, English Stock, LOP 14-5/8″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″, Weight 4 lbs. 14 oz. 99% with only a couple of very minor marks. Price: $3,650.00

BERETTA - BL-5 - - RARE Factory 2 Barrel Set, 12ga, 28" M / F & 26-1/2" SK / SK:
BERETTA – BL-5 – – RARE Factory 2 Barrel Set, 12ga, 28″ M / F & 26-1/2″ SK / SK:

BERETTA – BL-5 – – RARE Factory 2 Barrel Set, 12ga, 28″ M / F & 26-1/2″ SK / SK: Ejectors, Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Weight 7 lbs. 2 oz. When the BL Series was first introduced, the BL-5 was Beretta’s best grade. Box Lock Over Under. This BL-5 was made at about the time of the BL-6 introduction. Much of the engraving on this gun is done by hand. It has a very nice stock, a long trigger guard tang, and a Silver Pigeon inlay on the operating lever. Mechanically, the gun is excellent: it is tight, has all original finishes, bores are perfect. There are scattered areas of surface rust. Price: $1,475.00

FOX STERLINGWORTH 16 GAUGE WITH 28″ BARRELS:  Here is a nice condition Fox Sterlingworth 16 Gauge with 28″ barrels. Original case colors in protected areas. Gun is tight on face with toplever right of center. Bores measure right at .664 with Mod Choke and .661 with Full Choke. Chambers are 2 9/16″ as original. Good bores. Auto safety. No cracks in wood. Weight of gun is 6 LBS. 5 3/8 OZ.  Shipping is $35. Stock dimensions follow. Price $1,100.

FOX STERLINGWORTH 16 GAUGE WITH 28" BARRELS
FOX STERLINGWORTH 16 GAUGE WITH 28″ BARRELS

 

 

 

Rare double alert: a Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun…

12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Here’s a Fox you rarely see: a 12 gauge Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game.

Fox added the Skeet & Upland Game Gun to their line in 1935 to “…meet the demand for a moderately priced skeet and upland game double gun”. They were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels.

The one you see here was delivered in 1935, so it must have been one of the first Skeet & Upland Game Guns that Fox/Savage Arms made.

12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun
12 gauge A.H. Fox & Co. Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland Game Gun

Auction alert: 1913 A.H. Fox Sterlingworth with original hang tags!

Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328
Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328

Twelve-gauge Fox Sterlingworths are one of the most popular American side-by-side shotguns ever made. The A.H Fox Company started making them in 1910 and by the time Savage Arms ended the line around 1942, over 110,000 Sterlingworths in 12g had been turned out. So today, good ones, and even ones with a lot of original condition, are pretty easy to find.

What is hard to find is a Sterlingworth with it’s original hang tangs, especially models from the first few years of production. That’s why this 12 gauge Sterlingworth coming up at Amoskeag Auctions caught my eye.

Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328
Hang tags for an. A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Barrel Shotgun #66328

Here’s some info on the gun from the auctioneer’s website:

Lot 127. A. H. Fox Sterlingworth Double Shotgun With Original Hanging Tags

Serial #66328, 12 ga., 28″ barrels choked light modified and improved modified with bright bores showing some small dents in each near the muzzle area. The barrels retain 90% original blue showing various small scratches and some silvering of the muzzles and edges of the top rib and having a dent in the left barrel five inches back from the muzzle and a couple of tiny dents in the right barrel a few inches back from the muzzle as well. The frame exhibits 20% case colors with scattered areas of surface oxidation and showing wear on both sides and around the bottom.

12g Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with hang tags
12g Fox Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun with hang tags

The top lever and triggerguard are turning silver with remnants of blue on the bottom of the bow. The pistolgrip stock and splinter forearm rate good to very good showing dings and scratches over a mottled and thinning varnish and having slightly worn and soiled checkering. The stock has a hard rubber grip cap and the original grooved buttplate providing a length of 14 1/8″. The gun features double triggers, extractors, and automatic safety. There are two hanging tags, one with the shot charge and guarantee numbered to the gun and a second which is a certificate of proof. This is an original Philadelphia gun in good working condition and having the original hanging tags is very rare indeed. ($800/1200)

Going…going…and I bet it’s gone…

20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 28", Ejectors
20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth, 28″, Ejectors

I put up a Good Gun Alert about this A.H. Fox Sterlingworth 20g yesterday. With some real nice original condition, 28″ bbls, and ejectors, I thought it was a great deal at just $1,399.

Well, it looks like someone else agreed. They moved on this shotgun right away and it looks it’s already sold. Good guns at good prices don’t stick around very long!

Good gun alert: 20 gauge Fox Sterlingwortm 28″, ejectors…

20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28" bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28″ bbls, ejectors

Looking for a vintage American shotgun for grouse and woodcock? Then I would call about this little A.H. Fox 20 gauge Sterlingworth side-by-side right away.

Cabela’s has it and it just popped up on Gunsinternational.com. With 28″ barrels, ejectors, and some nice original finish, it’s a tough double to find. The price is pretty fair, too. If you’re looking for a vintage American shotgun to use on grouse and woodcock, I would call about this one right away.

20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28" bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28″ bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28" bbls, ejectors
20 gauge A.H. Fox side-by-side, 28″ bbls, ejectors

Super Auction Alert: L.C. Smith 20g 2E, Parker 20g VH, W. & C. Scott & more…

L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors
L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors

Redding Auction is having this sale on  Sunday, November 4, @ 9:00 AM (PDF of guns).  There are handful of nice looking shotguns there, including these side-by-sides, as well as percussion fowler by Woodard & Co. and a Collath drilling.

Check out these hightlights:

Super nice & rare L.C. Smith – Mod. Grade 2 – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels) – w/Auto Ejectors

Parker Bros. – Mod. VH Grade – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/28” Barrels)

Fox – Mod. Sterlingworth – 20ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/26” Barrels) – w/Double Triggers

Woodward & Co. – Percussion Heavy Bore Fowler – w/52 ½” Octagon to Round Barrel

Remington – Mod. 1873/75 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Damascus Barrels)

Ithaca Gun – Flues Model Grade 3 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Damascus Barrels)

Charles Daly – Mod. Prussian Lindner – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels) – w/Ejectors

WC Scott – “Monte Carlo B” Grade Sidelock (Antique) 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun

Tobin Arms – Mod. 30 – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels)

W. Collath & Sohn – 2 Barrel Set German Drilling – 16ga. x 16ga. x 3.8 x 72R – 16ga. x 16ga. x 6.5 x 58R

Midland Gun Co. of Birmingham & London – 12ga. Double Barrel Shotgun – (w/30” Barrels)

Auction Alert: Winchesters, Fox, Connecticut Shotgun & more…

20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun
20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun

Belcher McPherson Auction Company in Marshall, MI, is having a Sportsman’s Auction on Saturday, Nov 03, 2012, 10:00 AM Eastern. There are bunch of side-by-sides and O/Us there. Here are some of the doubles that caught my eye.

Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company RBL Launch Edition SxS 20ga.

Huss Stahl SxS 16ga Shotgun

20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun
20 gauge Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing RBL side-by-side shotgun

Antique Syracuse Double Barrel 12ga. SxS Shotgun

Winchester Model 24 12ga SxS Shotgun

Winchester Model 24 16ga. SxS Shotgun

Winchester Model 24 20ga. SxS Shotgun

Fox Sterlingworth 16ga. SxS Shotgun

Ithaca SKB Model 280 20ga. SxS Shotgun

Ruger Red Label 28ga. O/U Shotgun – NIB

Charles Daly B.O. Miroku 12ga. O/U Shotgun

Nice looking 16 gauge Sterlingworth…

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth double-barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth double-barrel shotgun

The A.H. Fox Sterlingworth is one of the most affordable of the classic American side-by-side shotguns. Thanks to their simple design and sleek lines, they’re also one of the most reliable and best looking.

If you’re looking to get into classic double barrels, this 16 gauge Sterly would be a great place to start. It appears to be in excellent condition and the price on it is more than fair.

A.H. Fox Sterlingworth double-barrel shotgun
A.H. Fox Sterlingworth double-barrel shotgun

 

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