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Beautiful high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 20ga- an absolute gem of a Fox
Beautiful high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 20ga- an absolute gem of a Fox

Beautiful high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 20ga- an absolute gem of a Fox: Fine early Fox XE Grade 20ga in beautiful original condition. This gun with 28″ Krupp fluid steel barrels. Made with splinter forend, double triggers, auto ejectors, capped pistol grip buttstock and original Silver’s pad. Gun matches its production data exactly as found today. Beautifully engraved in early XE pattern as seen in the photos. Gun is beautifully stocked with a lovely piece of blonde colored walnut and has its original Silver’s pad. Overall, the gun remains in beautiful original condition. Barrels with about 97% original blue. Stocks are sound and excellent with beautiful original finish and some finish added for preservation. Pad is original and very hard. Frame retains better than 1/2 of its original case color. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are excellent.This is really an investment grade XE and certainly one of the nicest to come to market in the last decade. Price: $27,950*

Incredible Holland & Holland No. 2 16 ga. SxS London Sidelock
Incredible Holland & Holland No. 2 16 ga. SxS London Sidelock

Incredible Holland & Holland No. 2 16 ga. SxS London Sidelock: Holland & Holland No. 2 later known as “The Badminton”.  29″ chopper lump barrels, hidden third bite with raised game rib, 2-1/2″ chambers choked improved modified and full (.020/.035).  Fabulous original condition, this rounded bar sidelock finished in 1916 retains 98% rich case colors and lustrous blue.  A true collector quality gun features hand detachable sidelocks, double triggers, auto ejectors, and auto safe.  A wonderful H&H that would compliment the finest collection or the most discerning shooter.  Straight hand highly figured French walnut stock of deep red color and black figure throughout measures 1-3/8′ comb,  2-1/4″ heel, 14-1/4″ length of pull over the original horn butt plate.   A few very minor handling marks.  Just a stunning example of old world craftsmanship in near new condition.  The horn butt has a bit of worm damage that could easily be remedied.  H&H factory records show the gun conforms in every detail and weighs 6 lbs even.  Appears to have shot a couple of boxes of cartridges as the breech face has all the color. Simply the best. Price: $25,000*

John Robertson 16 g. ~ The “Boss & Co.” #1 of a pair and cased ~ Boxlock ~ SXS

John Robertson 16 g. ~ The “Boss & Co.” #1 of a pair and cased ~ Boxlock ~ SXS: Boxlocks – These guns were sold by Boss &Co. in the 1930\’s and were named after their founder John Robertson. They are extremely well-made being of highest quality for a boxlock. This gun is an excellent example. Not pictured but coming soon is a picture of the gun in the makers case. Manufacturer: John Robertson 16 g. ~ The “Boss & Co.” #1 of a pair and cased Model: None Serial Number: 8205 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 27″ Barrel Type: Steel Action: Boxlock Ejector Gauge: 16 gauge Stock Comb: 1 7/16″ Stock Heel: 2 3/8″ Stock Cast: 1/4″ LOP: 15″ Weight: 5lbs 15ozs Choke Left: .015 Mod Choke Right: .010 IC Proof:Nitro: 2 1/2″ Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .034 Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .034 Price: $6,800*

Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga Boxlock Side-by-Side
Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga Boxlock Side-by-Side

Renato Gamba Principessa 28ga Boxlock Side-by-Side: Manufacturer: Renato Gamba Model: Principessa Chambers: 2 3/4″ Barrels: 28″ Gauge: 28 Gauge LOP: 14 3/4″ Weight: 5.95 lbs Choke Left: Mod Choke Right: I/C. Price: $4,995*

Connecticut Shotgun ~ RBL SxS ~ 20 Gauge
Connecticut Shotgun ~ RBL SxS ~ 20 Gauge

Connecticut Shotgun ~ RBL SxS ~ 20 Gauge: Solid game rib, beautiful exhibition grade full feathercrotch American black walnut metal capped pistol grip stock, splinter forend, TruOil finish, hidden screw-in choke tubes, automatic ejectors, full coverage miniature rosette bouquet and scroll over a traditional bone and charcoal color case hardened finish, the ideal configuration with a long length of pull, hand made in the USA by the master gunsmiths of Connecticut Shotgun. 20 Gauge. Chambers: 2¾” Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny Barrels: 28″ Triggers: Double Set Stock Dimensions: 14.75″ LOP Fore End: Checkered High Grade Walnut Butt Pad: Black Composite Weight: 6 lb. – 5 oz. Sights: Brass Bead Front Chokes: See extras. Price: $3,499.97*

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Prewar Westley Richards Best Quality Droplock 577 NE Side-by-Side Double Rifle – Game Scene Engraved - “The Crumpler”
Prewar Westley Richards Best Quality Droplock 577 NE Side-by-Side Double Rifle – Game Scene Engraved – “The Crumpler”

Prewar Westley Richards Best Quality Droplock 577 NE Double Rifle – Game Scene Engraved – “The Crumpler”: Up for sale is a very rare and fine Westley Richards Droplock (hand detachable lock) ejector, game scene engraved, double rifle in the powerful .577 3” Nitro Express caliber. It has blued chopperlump Krupp steel 26” barrels engraved “WESTLEY RICHARDS 178 NEW BOND St LONDON”, “GUNMAKERS BY APPOINTMENT TO HIS MAJESTY KING EDWARD VII” as well as the following caliber markings “.577 BORE, 3 in CASE” and “100 Grs CORDITE 750 Gr BULLET”. Barrel flats also show original proofs for the full power load of 750 gr bullet and 100 gr Cordite max. The barrels feature select ejectors and matted and engraved quarter rib with ramped bead front sight and rear express sights features one standing leaf marked 100 yards and four folding leaves marked 150, 200, 250, 300 yards respectively. The massive receiver has patina’d to be mostly silver finish with nice case colors remaining only in protected areas. It features 80% English scroll coverage as well as game scene vignettes of an Indian Bear on the bottom lockplate cover and Indian Rhinoceros on the trigger guard. This rifle also features Westley Richards’ rock solid and reliable single select trigger. The bolted safety featured gold inlaid SAFE as well as BOLTED under the lockout lever. The forearm features a lever release and buffalo horn tip inlaid to a widows peak. The buttstock is a strong best grade English walnut featuring checkered side panels, attractive figure and vertical fiddle and has a beaded cheekpiece as well as gold escutcheon with rear sling swivel (front sling attachment in on the barrels) and 1” silvers pad. The solid steel grip cap still retains some attractive but faded case colors. The rifle comes cased in a modern case as shown. LOP is 15-1/8″ and weight is 13.4 lbs. Overall rifle is in VG++ original condition with some faded barrel blacking and some nicks and dings in the metal and wood but nothing that takes away from the rifle’s overall appearance. It is evident that it has been well cared for during its ~120 year history. Mechanics and bores are excellent. This rifle was made in 1904 for R. Tyader Esquire and is a near twin, including single select trigger, to the Westley Richards Droplock 577 NE rifles owned and used by famous historic figures such as author Ernest Hemingway, famed ivory hunter James Sutherland, explorer Admiral JA Baker, and actor Stewart Granger. This particular rifle was owned by Jim Wilkerson of Rifle Ranch and was documented and described by Jeff Cooper in a full, multipage, article that he wrote describing this exact rifle for the 1983 Gun Digest. In the article Mr Cooper dubbed this rifle “The Crumpler” based on John Taylor’s quote that the .577 NE will crumple a charging elephant better than any other cartridge. A copy of the article and the original manuscript is included with the rifle. This is a beautiful example of old-world British gunmaking at its finest in the premier ultimate big bore chambering made during the golden age of ivory hunters. There were very few Westley Richards 577s made prior to WWII (~37) and this is an exceptional and original example. These do not come up for sale often. Price: $62,500

Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32" SxS - Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance
Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32″ SxS – Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance

Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32″ SxS – Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance: Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga made with 32″ Chromox barrels. Long splinter forend with ebony tip. Frame is beautifully engraved in oak leaf and game scene pattern as seen in the phootos with scallops on top and bottom. Gun has double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety. The round knob pistol grip buttstock is richly figured European walnut and beautifully scallop border checkered and terminiates with an aging Hawkins brand pad. This gun was sold through Abercrombie and Fitch in 1949 for the estate of the original owner, Maximilian Arther Ramirez. Ramirez was a Cuban born physician who lived on Park Avenue in NYC. The gun has his initials “MAR” professionally stamped in the ball grip as seen in the photos. Overall, the gun remains in excellent original condition. Barrels with 95-97% factory blue. Forend is excellent and sound with minor impressions. Frame with more than 90%++ bold and vivid original case color. Buttstock is sound and excellent with original finish and has scattered minor handling marks and impressions. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $12,500

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE-WAR 20 GAUGE SPLINTER FOREARM DOUBLE TRIGGERS
WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE-WAR 20 GAUGE SPLINTER FOREARM DOUBLE TRIGGERS

WINCHESTER MODEL 21 PRE-WAR 20 GAUGE SPLINTER FOREARM DOUBLE TRIGGERS: SN# 49XX 26″ SOLID RIB BARRELS MARKED MOD AND FULL (.008 AND .022 CONSTRICTIONS) 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS DOUBLE TRIGGERS EXTRACTOR AUTO SAFETY SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH SOME LIGHT HANDLING WINCHESTER BUTT PLATE 6LBS 2 OZ 2 7/16″ DAH 1 5/8″ DAC 14″ LOP Price: $8,850

Massive Engraved W. & C. Scott 8 Gauge Dbl Hammer Shotgun 1884
Massive Engraved W. & C. Scott 8 Gauge Dbl Hammer Shotgun 1884

Massive Engraved W. & C. Scott 8 Gauge Dbl Hammer Shotgun 1884: Serial #34418, 8 Gauge Cartridge, 34 inch Damascus barrels with bright, near excellent bores showing a few tiny isolated spots of roughness. This is an early W. & C. Scott side by side hammer shotgun marked “W & C. SCOTT & SON. MAKERS & PATENTEES LONDON” on the barrel rib manufactured in 1884. The massive “B” grade shotgun weighs in at 12 lbs 10 Oz. and has border scroll work with a beautiful engraved dog’s head on the left lockplate. The side plates are marked “W. & C. SCOTT & SON” with the lever marked PATENT”. The underside of the barrels are marked with the serial number along with proofs and “CHOKE”, “9B”, “10M” and “NOT FOR BALL”. The barrel flats have the appropriate British proof marks with the water table having the W & C Scott Patent for the action. All numbered parts have matching serial numbers. The gun is in near excellent condition with the fine Damascus barrels retaining much of the original thumbprint pattern ranging from brown toning to a pleasant pewter grey and free of any major dents with only some isolated surface use marks and scratches. The side plates, hammers and protected areas of the frame retain much of the original vibrant case color fading to a smoky gray on the use and carry points. The finely checkered walnut stock with horn capped pistol grip is now solid with an excellent professionally spliced wood repair on the lower left side of the wrist and a small corner chip repair on the right side that are so well done as to be hard to find. The finely checkered forearm rates excellent and is solid with only some very minor use marks. The stock sports a silver oval name plate and horn grip cap and butt plate that rate near excellent. The LOP is 14 1/8″ with drops of 1 ¾” and 1 7/8″ at the comb and heel respectively. The barrels are on face with a tight lock up and the lever resting just right of the center. The hammers cock and release with a crisp trigger pull. A beautiful and rare, very large bore, W. & C. Scott waterfowl shotgun that could still be shot with the proper low-pressure loads. Antique Price: $6,495

A.H. FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE - GREAT CASE COLOR - NICE GUN
A.H. FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE – GREAT CASE COLOR – NICE GUN

A.H. FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE – GREAT CASE COLOR – NICE GUN: A H FOX, PHIL., A GRADE 12 GAUGE.  CHROMOX FLUID STEEL 30″ BARRELS CLEARLY MARKED NUMBER 3 WEIGHT.  MODIFIED (.020) AND FULL (.040), 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, SINGLE BEAD SIGHT.  MIRROR PERFECT BORES, 99% ORIGINAL BRIGHT BLUE.  BOXLOCK FRAME WITH BOLD VIVID CASE COLOR.  EXTENSIVE COVERAGE, DEEP CUT ENGRAVING, SIDES HAVE A FOLIATE PATTERN WITH “ANSLEY H. FOX” ON A BANNER.  TOP, BOTTOM AND FOREARM IRON HAS ACANTHUS SCROLLWORK.  THE TOP LEVER IS TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  TRIGGERGUARD HAS THE ORIGINAL BLUE.  ROUND KNOB GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM, NEAR-PERFECT CHECKERING.  EXCELLENT WOOD FINISH WITH ONLY MINOR HANDLING MARKS.  ORIGINAL BUTTPLATE, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/4″, 7 POUNDS 4 OUNCES.  EXCEPTIONAL ORIGINAL HIGH-CONDITION FOX MADE IN 1927. Price: $2,750

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F.lli. Piotti KING ONE 20GA - 27” - SINGLE TRIGGER - MAKER’S CASE - NEW ACCESSORIES - SPECTACULAR EURO WALNUT:
F.lli. Piotti KING ONE 20GA – 27” – SINGLE TRIGGER – MAKER’S CASE – NEW ACCESSORIES – SPECTACULAR EURO WALNUT:

F.lli. Piotti KING ONE 20GA – 27” – SINGLE TRIGGER – MAKER’S CASE – NEW ACCESSORIES – SPECTACULAR EURO WALNUT:
F.lli. Piotti KING ONE – 20ga – 7 PIN SIDELOCK EJECTOR 20GA – 2 3/4″ shells – 27” – SINGLE TRIGGER – MAKER’S CASE – NEW ACCESSORIES – SPECTACULAR EURO WALNUT – SHOWS MINOR WEAR ON BLUING AND WOOD – PLEASE SEE PICS FOR THIS ITALIAN BEAUTY SINGLE TRIGGER DREAM UPLAND FIELD SHOTGUN – PERSONAL GUN THAT I HAVE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED FOR YEARS. SN:  8601 14 1/4″ X 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ SINGLE TRIGGER  CHECKERED BUTT RIGHT HANDED CAST. Price: $24,995*

Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32"- Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance
Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32″- Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance

Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga 32″- Lightweight A&F Gun w/Great provenance: Gorgeous high original condition A.H. Fox XE Grade 12ga made with 32″ Chromox barrels. Long splinter forend with ebony tip. Frame is beautifully engraved in oak leaf and game scene pattern as seen in the phootos with scallops on top and bottom. Gun has double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety. The round knob pistol grip buttstock is richly figured European walnut and beautifully scallop border checkered and terminiates with an aging Hawkins brand pad. This gun was sold through Abercrombie and Fitch in 1949 for the estate of the original owner, Maximilian Arther Ramirez. Ramirez was a Cuban born physician who lived on Park Avenue in NYC. The gun has his initials “MAR” professionally stamped in the ball grip as seen in the photos.  Overall, the gun remains in excellent original condition. Barrels with 95-97% factory blue. Forend is excellent and sound with minor impressions. Frame with more than 90%++ bold and vivid original case color. Buttstock is sound and excellent with original finish and has scattered minor handling marks and impressions. Bores are brilliant and shiny. Mechanics are crisp. Price: $13,950*

D M LEFEVER GRADE 9F - EXTREMELY RARE - 100% ORIGINAL - SxS
D M LEFEVER GRADE 9F – EXTREMELY RARE – 100% ORIGINAL – SxS

D M LEFEVER GRADE 9F – EXTREMELY RARE – 100% ORIGINAL – SxS: D M LEFEVER, BOWLING GREEN OHIO, GRADE 9F, CROSS BOLT, 12 GAUGE, 30″ IMPERIAL STEEL BARRELS.  EXCELLENT BLUE – 98%, MIRROR BRIGHT BORES, CYL. AND FULL, 2 1/2″ CHAMBERS, BARRELS RING LIKE A BELL, WALL THICKNESS .035 IN BOTH, AUTOMATIC EJECTORS.  SCALLOPED BOXLOCK FRAME, BOLD CASE COLOR IN THE PROTECTED AREAS, FINE SIMPLE BORDER ENGRAVING, “LEFEVER & SONS CO.” ENGRAVED ON BOTH SIDES, TRIGGER PLATE ENGRAVED “PAT’D 1902” AND “NOT CONNECTED WITH LEFEVER ARMS CO.”.  ENGRAVED SCREWS, CASE-COLORED LONG TANG TRIGGERGUARD, TOP LEVER TO THE RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE.  STRAIGHT GRIP STOCK, SPLINTER FOREARM WITH THE ROLLER TYPE LATCH AND EBONY INSERT, HIGHLY FIGURED EUROPEAN WALNUT, FINE CHECKERING INCLUDING SIDE PANELS.  EXCELLENT WOOD WITH MINOR HANDLING MARKS IN THE ORIGINAL VARNISH.  CHECKERED COMPOSITION BUTTPLATE, 1 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ X 13 1/2″, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  D.M. LEFEVER DOUBLES SELDOM COME UP FOR SALE.  LESS THAN 1100 WERE BUILT BETWEEN 1902 AND 1906.  THIS IS A VERY PLEASING ORIGINAL EXAMPLE. Price: $6,500*

BERETTA - BL-6 - 20ga 26-3/8" IC / M - Hand Engraved - OU
BERETTA – BL-6 – 20ga 26-3/8″ IC / M – Hand Engraved – OU

BERETTA – BL-6 – 20ga 26-3/8″ IC / M – Hand Engraved – OU: Completely Hand Engraved! 1971 – Beretta BL-6 – 20ga, 3″, 26-3/8″ IC / M (.007 / .013), Single Selective Trigger, LOP 14-1/4″, Drop 1-1/2″ to 2-3/8″, Slight Cast Off, Weight 6 lbs 1 oz. The original chokes from the factory are IC / M. It is marked SK/SK, but they measure IC / M and the barrel has not been altered. Price: $3,650*

Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Field ~ 28 Gauge ~ Side-by-Side
Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Field ~ 28 Gauge ~ Side-by-Side

Abercrombie & Fitch ~ Field ~ 28 Gauge ~ Side-by-Side: For your consideration, an Abercrombie & Fitch field gun chambered in 28 Gauge. Features include a non-automatic safety, extractors, and double triggers. This piece is of Italian manufacture by Zoli & Rizzini for A&F. Stock dimensions are as follows: 14″ LOP, 2 1/8″ drop at heel, and 1 3/8″ at comb with slight cast off. 28 Gauge. Chambers: 2.5 Metal Condition: Excellent Wood Condition: Excellent Bore Condition: Excellent Barrels: 26 Triggers: Double Stock Dimensions: 14″ LOP Fore End: Checkered Butt Pad: Ribbed Weight: 5.25 lbs Sights: Solid Rib and Bead Chokes: “Left, Mod / Right, Cyl. Price: $2,999.99*

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Truly exceptional, genuine, and very rare early Parker A1 Special 12ga - Superior engraving and metal work- early "Whit1" gun & the 6th A1
Truly exceptional, genuine, and very rare early Parker A1 Special 12ga – Superior engraving and metal work- early “Whit1” gun & the 6th A1

Truly exceptional, genuine, and very rare early Parker A1 Special 12ga – Superior engraving and metal work- early “Whit1” gun & the 6th A1: This extraordinary Parker A1 Special ranks amongst one of the nicest A1 Special 12ga guns I have handled.  Made in 1906 on a #2 frame, this exact gun is pictured on pages 359 and 360 of “The Parker Story.  This gun, with beautiful 30” Whitworth steel barrels made with fully checkered forend with fleur-de-lis pattern.  Made with double triggers, auto ejectors, auto safety, buttstock with gold capped pistol grip and terminates with an older Silver’s type pad.  The action is full coverage engraved in very deep relief floral and scroll pattern.  Sculpted fences.  The grip cap has a lined gold washer and the cap itself with full gold initial plate as seen in the photos.  Truly exceptional – this is the 6th A1 Special Parker Bros. ever made and is documented exactly as found today. This gun remains in excellent overall condition.  The barrels are superb with more than 97% factory quality rust blue.  Action has toned mostly with sharp engraving throughout.  Checkering is excellent and shows light handling wear.  Stocks are sound and retain most of their original finish with finish added for preservation.  The pad is an older replacement. This exceptional and rare Parker is housed in a full leather case.  The case is in excellent condition with only minor rubs. Price: $89,500

Purdey SxS 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun
Purdey SxS 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun

Purdey SxS 12 Gauge Sidelock SxS Game Gun: All original James Purdey & Sons 12 ga self opening game gun.  All original gun (except possibly pad), originally built in 1933.  Pad may be original as well as gun resold new in 1941 (original buyer did not take delivery of gun).  28 inch barrels, 2 5/8 inch chambers, choked IC / 1/2, measuring .006R/.020L.  Barrel wall thickness at .029 both.  Original London Proof Marks, matching serial numbers on all components, and Purdey barrel numbers intact.  Concave Game Rib marked with Purdey name, address, and special steel markings.  Ejectors.  Anson Fore-end fastener.  English straight stock LOP 14 3/8 in to pad, 13 5/8 in wood.  Drop 1 1/2 to 2 3/8 in.  Minimal Cast Off.  Weight 6 lb 4 oz.  Later leather case with Maker’s Label.  Assortment of accessories (some are A&F, New York) included.  Recent Purdey factory sales history document (2020) and 1930s Sales Brochure supplied with gun.  35 photo zip file available to interested parties. Price: $27,500

A H FOX, PHIL., XE GRADE - GORGEOUS 12 GAUGE
A H FOX, PHIL., XE GRADE – GORGEOUS 12 GAUGE

A H FOX, PHIL., XE GRADE – GORGEOUS 12 GAUGE: 28″ KRUPP FLUID STEEL BARRELS, NUMBER 4 WEIGHT, MODIFIED (.020) AND FULL (.034), 2 3/4″ CHAMBERS  EXCELLENT BLUE, MIRROR-BRIGHT BORES, TWIN IVORY SIGHTS, BARRELS RING BEAUTIFULLY.  DEEP CUT ACANTHUS SCROLL ENGRAVING AT THE BREECH ENDS. CASE COLORED FRAME HAS GORGEOUS DEEP RELIEF CUT ENGRAVING, VIGNETTE ON RIGHT WITH TWO QUAIL IN FLIGHT, LEFT SIDE HAS A PAIR OF DUCKS IN FLIGHT, STANDING FOX ON THE BOTTOM, BOLD LEAF FOLIATE PATTERN WITH STIPPLED BACKGROUND.  100% COVERAGE INCLUDING TOP LEVER, FENCES, TANG, TRIGGER GUARD AND FOREARM IRON, SCREWS.  TOP LEVER TO THE FAR RIGHT, TIGHT ON FACE. ROUND KNOB GRIP, LONG SPLINTER FOREARM WITH EBONY TIP.  FINE CHECKERING WITH RIBBON BANDS.  VERY ATTRACTIVE ENGLISH WALNUT WITH BOLD BLACK STREAKS.  ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD, 1 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ X 14 1/4″, 6 POUNDS 10 OUNCES.  WONDERFUL EARLY FOX IN VERY PLEASING CONDITION.  MADE IN 1915. Price: $11,000

Westley Richards Boxlock Game Gun 12 Gauge
Westley Richards Boxlock Game Gun 12 Gauge

Westley Richards Boxlock Game Gun 12 Gauge: Serial Number: T10352, Barrel Length: 26″, Stock Dimensions:1 1/2″ C x 2 1/2″ H, LOP: 14 1/8, Weight: 5 lbs 14 oz, Chokes: 1/4 – 3/4, Price: $2,950.

W.R. Pape ~ Newcastle ~ A great light little 12 by one of England's top makers
W.R. Pape ~ Newcastle ~ A great light little 12 by one of England’s top makers

W.R. Pape ~ Newcastle ~ A great light little 12 by one of England’s top makers:
Boxlocks – What a delightful little game gun by one of my favorite makers. William Rochester Pape was known among the English shotgun crowd as the “Purdey of the North.” This was a direct tribute to their quality and attention to detail. Serial Number: 11816, Ejectors: Yes, Barrels: 30″, Barrel Type: Steel, Action: Box lock ejector, Gauge: 12 gauge, Stock Comb: 1 7/16″, Stock Heel: 1 7/8″, Stock Cast: 1/8″, LOP: 14 7/8″, Weight: 6lbs 6oz., Choke Left: .034 full, Choke Right: Cyl., Proof: Nitro 2 1/2″, Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029, Minimum Wall Thickness Right: .031. Price: $2,500

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Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side
Piotti 28 gauge BSEE Model boxlock ejector side by side

Piotti 28 gauge BSEE model boxlock ejector side by side: Action: Boxlock ejector, Triggers: Double, Safety: Non-Automatic, Barrel Length: 29 1/2 inches, Chamber: 2 3/4 inch, Rib: Game Concaved, Chokes: Right : 1/4 Left : Tight 1/4. Stock Length: 14 1/2 inch, Grip: Classic Straight hand, Butt End Finish: 1/2 inch recoil pad, Forend: Game style. Engraving: Fine Decorative Scroll, Finish: Case Colour, Weight: 5 lbs – 13 oz, Case: Makers Leather Case, Date of Manufacture: 2008. Price: $19,995

A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN
A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN

A. H. FOX XE SxS 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN: #224XX, PHILLY GUN, 30″ FULL AND FULL 2 3/4, DOUBLE TRIGGER, EJECTORS, SPLINTER FOREARM, PISTOL GRIP, MINT ORIGINAL CONDITION, 7LBS 3 OZ, 2 3/4″ DAH, 1 5/8″ DAC, 14″ LOP. Price: $18,500

W.W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun
W.W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun

W. W. Greener FT-30 Hammerless 8 Gauge Shotgun: Very scarce W.W.Greener FT-30 snap underlever 8 gauge wildfowler S/N 58410 was made in 1911. F is for the Facile Princeps action and T is Greener’s code for an 8 gauge. This gun is super quality and undoubtedly worked on by the same team of gunmakers and engravers that Greener assigned to the G guns(G50-70). According to Graham Greener, this gun, obviously a special order, was started on Sept. 22,1910, and completed March 1, 1911. It has 32″ Sandvik(Swedish) steel barrels Birmingham nitro-proved for 2 1/4 oz. loads with 4″ chambers. Nominal proof is 9/2 and bore diameters are .824. Bores are mint. Gun is tight and on-face and retains almost all of vivid case color and has approx. 50% fine scroll and dogs and birds . Forend has Deeley lever takedown with horn tip. Triggers are gold plated and Greener name is inlaid on both sides of frame.Greener side safety. Serpentine fences are by Gardner, and engraving by Tomlinson, both of whom were on the team that built the top grades. Weight of the gun is 10 lbs. 14 ozs. Stock dimensions as follows; LOP =13 5/8″, DAC= 1 13/16″ DAH= 2 15/16″ with a highly figured straight grip butt stock. Screws are all clean, no rust, barrel blue is original and 98%. Stock has factory horn butt plate with several wormholes. Just a spectacular old gun in great untouched condition. You won’t find another one like it. For the advanced Greener collector. Price: $11,950

Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun
Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun

Francotte 20E SxS 16 gauge Boxlock Ejector Shotgun: #81889, Barrels: 28 inches, Double Triggers, Stock Comb: 1 1/4 inches, Stock Heel: 2 1/8 inches, Fore End: Splinter, LOP: 14 1/8 inches, Weight: 5 lbs. 12 oz. Price: $5,750

Parker Repro - DHE Steel Shot Special - 12 ga
Parker Repro – DHE Steel Shot Special – 12 ga

Parker Repro – DHE Steel Shot Special – 12 ga: Action: Boxlock, Ejectors: Yes, Trigger: Double, Grip: Straight Grip, Forend: Checkered, Lop: 15 1/4 “, Pad thickness: 1.25 “, Type of butt: Leather Covered Pad, Drop comb: 1 3/8 “, Drop heel: 2 1/4 “, Cast amount: 0 “, Weight: 7 lbs, 5 oz, Manufactured in: Japan, Finish: Case Colored, Overall condition: Very Good, Stock condition: Very Good, Metal condition: Very Good, Stock: Original finish, Metal: Original finish, Type of Case: Leather Luggage Case Gauge: 12 ga. Chamber: 3 “, Length: 28 “, Chokes: IC/M, Rib type: Game. Comments : Gun is in very good condition with some light handling marks, right barrel has a small scratch near the muzzle. Oval is initialed. Price: $5,200

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Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving
Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving

Flli Piotti 20 gauge sidelock with fabulous engraving: This gun was imported to America by our friends at William Larkin & Moore. They record this as a KING 1 model. This little 20 is of the highest quality. While it is known that I prefer pre WWII guns I find as I handle this gun it is hard to put down. Built like a Swiss watch and feels so wonderful between the hands. Excellent stock work and metal work I cannot fault but only find praise. Serial Number: 7684. Ejectors: Yes. Barrels: 26″,2 3/4″. Stock Comb: 1 1/2″. Stock Heel: 2 1/8″. Stock Cast: 1/8″. LOP: 14 3/4″ over Leather. Weight: 5 lbs. 11 oz. Choke Left: 018 Mod. Right: 008 IC. Minimum Wall Thickness Left: .029, Right: .034 Price: $22,000

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN: #24XXX 32″ 005 AND 013 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION WITH LOTS OF ORIGINAL CASE COLORS 6LBS 15 OZ X 2 3/4 X 1 1/2 X 14 1/2 TO ORIGINAL HAWKINS PAD. Price: $16,500

A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
A.H.FOX XE 12 GAUGE SxS SHOTGUN:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:
Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun:

Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. A-10 American 20 GA. O/U Sidelock Shotgun: Chambers: 2 3/4″. Metal Condition: Excellent. Wood Condition: Very Good, a few small impressions on the stock. Bore Condition: Bright and Shiny. Barrels:28″. Triggers:4 Lbs. Stock:Straight, checkered. Stock Dimensions: LOP 14 1/2″. Weight:6 Lbs 4 Ozs. Sights:Vented rib, front red bead. Chokes:Interchangeable. Extras:Hard case, extra chokes, papers. Price: $7,399.99

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors: Nice old 16 gauge M21 hunting gun, DT Ejector, splinter forend, good dimensions, great chokes, light weight. Originally mod/full first barrel opened to IC, bores 10 and 28 thou. 26″ barrels. Nice wood 1 1/2″ DAC, 2 1/2″ DAH, 14″ LOP from front trigger. Believe blue to be original. Thinning on bottom of receiver. I suspect an extra coat of varnish on wood which has better than average grain — a little fiddle back. A few hunting knocks here and there — not bad. Weight 6 lb 10 oz; light for a 16 gauge M21. SN 6000 (Yeah 6K even). Price: $7,000.

Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors
Winchester M21 16 gauge SXS, Double Triggers, Ejectors
Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set
Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set

Beretta BL4 Over-Under 20GA & 28GA factory two barrel set: 20GA has 28″ barrels M&F. 28GA has 26″ barrels IC&M. Mint condition, 97% blue barrels and action. Straight grip single select trigger ejectors. Weight: 6lb with 20GA, 6lb 1 oz with 28GA. LOP 14 3/8″ x 14 7/8″ to the toe. Dimensions: 1 3/8 x 2 3/8. Both barrels have same serial number. Price: $2,950

That 20g Fox XE brought how much? Plus, a pair of Wilkes does real well…

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun
1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun

It’s confirmed: Fox collectors are nuts. The auction for this 20g A.H. Fox XE ended Monday, and the final price was $24,002. That’s a lot for a gun with almost no original color-case hardening and a stubby stock. At least its provenance is sound. That must be what drove the price so high.

For the same money,  the winning bidder could have bought this 20 gauge Westley Richards droplock. Much nicer gun, but it doesn’t come with as nice a story.

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun: According to J.T. Callahan, the Fox records indicate that this gun, SN 201509, a 20 gauge XE, was shipped on August 7, 1921 from Philadelphia to Abercrombie & Fitch of NYC, the original consignee. The gun was made with 26” barrels, choked IC (r) and M (l) with a LOP of 13 ½” and DOH of 2 5/8”. Weight, 5 lbs., 12 oz. — FINAL HAMMER: $24,002

Over in Scotland, Gavin Gardiner held his annual Gleneagles Sale on the same day (Monday). This pair of 12g sidelock Wilkes shotguns did extremely well – pricey, but possibly worth it.

JOHN WILKES PAIR OF KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 13802/3
JOHN WILKES PAIR OF KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 13802/3

JOHN WILKES A MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF KELL-ENGRAVED 12-BORE SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 13802/3: 28-inch barrels with 2 1/2-inch chambers, about 1/4 and 3/4 choke borings, matted top ribs, the frames, locks and gold numbered top levers with best bouquet and scroll engraving and retaining virtually all of their original hardening colour, the inside of the fore-end irons with further bouquet and scroll engraving, gold washed lockwork, rolled edge trigger guards, 14 1/2-inch highly figured exhibition quality stocks, inlaid in gold with the entwined initials “W.D.”, 6lb. 9oz., nitro proof, in their maker’s presentation case with engraved fittings and canvas outer cover. ESTIMATE: £25000-35000 SALE PRICE: £53,900

The maker confirms that the guns were completed on 24th August 1935 for W. W. Dowding. The guns were engraved by Harry Kell with special flower and scroll work and the guns remain as originally built. The original cost was £220 with the case costing £13 15s and the matching outer cover a further £5 12s 6d.

W. W. Dowding

William W. Dowding, for whom these guns were made, was one of the Wilkes’ largest retail customers in the 1930s. He started to buy guns from them in 1931 and in the course of the next five years ordered a total of ten new guns as well as buying others and a wide variety of shooting requisites. The story passed down the family was that in 1933 Dowding challenged Jack Wilkes to make for him a pair of guns that were on a par with the best the London trade could offer. Guns 13802/3 were Jack’s response to that challenge. Many years later his sons viewed this pair of guns as his masterpiece.

To make them, Wilkes went to many of the best outworkers in the the London trade. George Lane and Bolter normally worked for Woodward; Mealey at the time was on Wilkes’ payroll, but had worked for Grant & Lang and several others in a very long career; and Willie Lane was shortly to join Grant & Lang’s payroll. The engraver Harry Kell is probably the only outworker now widely known.

Insane. Check out the bidding for this 20g A.H. Fox XE shotgun…

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun
1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun

I’m always amazed by what folks will pay for smallbore American shotguns. Check out this 20g Fox XE to see what I mean. This is a nice, original gun, and someone is going to pay dearly for it. It’s on Gunbroker.comn now and the listing end on Monday, 8/25/2014, @ 9:00:00 AM ET. So if you want to get in on the action, bid now.

The XE was one of Fox’s upp-grade guns. I don’t know how many they made in 20 gauge, but the number is certainly real low.

Here’s more about this 20g from the seller:

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun: According to J.T. Callahan, the Fox records indicate that this gun, SN 201509, a 20 gauge XE, was shipped on August 7, 1921 from Philadelphia to Abercrombie & Fitch of NYC, the original consignee. The gun was made with 26” barrels, choked IC (r) and M (l) with a LOP of 13 ½” and DOH of 2 5/8”. Weight, 5 lbs., 12 oz.

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun
1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun

Factory notes indicate: “Full pistol grip, stock 13 ½” to center, 13 ¼” at toe, short toe for woman’s hand, Lyman sights, Silvers recoil pad.” It appears to be in original condition with in use wear. Recoil pad may have been replaced at some point in time. Bores are bright with no pitting. I don’t have barrel minimum thickness measurements, but gun was determined to be within specification by Jim Kelly of Darlington Gun Works. It has normal in use hunting wear and dings. The wood and checkering are sound. One trigger is lighter in pull than the other.

1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun
1921 A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE double barrel shotgun

The shotgun has an engraved metal plate on the stock with the original owner’s name, H. N. Torrey. In 1924, Dr. Henry Norton Torrey and his wife, Nell Ford Torrey, of Detroit, Michigan, purchased Ossabaw Island, a 26,000 acre barrier island on Georgia’s coast near Savannah. The family owned the island until 1978 when the State of Georgia assumed ownership. Dr. Torrey was an avid outdoorsman, who hunted and fished around the world. Dr. Torrey died in 1945. The gun has been in the family since purchased by Dr. Torrey and has remained until recently on Ossabaw Island in the possession of Dr. Torrey’s daughter who lives on the Island.

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Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge
Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge

Holland & Holland Hammer Double Rifle, 8 gauge: 26″ smooth bore damascus barrels with perfect bores and single leaf folding express sights. Stalking safeties on hammers. Excellent condition. Price: $25,000.00

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga:  Fox XE Grade, 1916 Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. 2 5/8″ chambers, 28″ barrels, Full & Mod, 13 3/4″ LOP, 2 3/4″ D@H, 6lbs, 13oz. Price: $9,995.00

16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Winchester Model 21 Double Barrel Shotgun

Winchester Model 21 16ga 28in M/F as new In the box: A collectors dream  this gun was made in 1954 still has original cosmoline on it  has the box and is 100% correct to the Cody Letter  28in m/f   slight handling marks on wood  blue is mint  Price: $9,900.00

BELGIUM GUILD GUN -20 GAUGE- SIDEPLATED BOXLOCK -EJECTORS – 26″ BLS: SKT./IC – STRAIGHT HAND STOCK WITH WOOD BUTTPLATE – LOP 14 1/16″ – DROP 1 3/8″ X2″ – DOUBLE TRIGGERS – WT. 5 LBS. 6 OZS. – Price: $3,800.

16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame
16 gauge Parker Double Barrel VH grade shotgun, O frame

FABULOUS 0 FRAME 16GA PARKER WITH VULCAN BARRELS: ALL ORIGINAL 0 FRAME VH 16GA WITH VULCAN STEEL BARRELS — 28″ FULL/FULL — PERFECT ORIGINAL SCREWS — 35% ORIGINAL COLOR THAT IS VIBRANT IN AREAS — 90%++++ ORIGINAL BLUE — SOO HARD TO FIND STEEL BARREL 0 FRAME 16’S — GUN HAS EXCELLENT ORIGINAL VARNISH AND CHECKERING. 14 1/2  1 1/2 X  2 1/2 TO ORIGINAL SILVERS PAD. Price: $3,750.00

 

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Holland & Holland .500BPE Double Rifle
Holland & Holland .500BPE Double Rifle

HOLLAND & HOLLAND DOUBLE HAMMER RIFLE .500 3 1/4″: 27″ steel barrels, ramp front sight with folding night sight. Two leaf rear express sight. Lightly engraved back action locks and rebounding hammers. Stock dimensions LOP: 14 1/2″ Comb: 1 1/2″ Heel: 2 1/4″ Weight: 9lbs 2oz. Super untouched original barrel blue. The action and locks are lightly engraved and retain areas of casehardening with the remainder fading to a pleasing mottled gray. Mint bores and tight action. Beautiful wood and checkering. Left side of the receiver engraved “CHARGE 5 DRAMS, CASE 3 1/4 INCHES”. Price: 12,500

12 gauge A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun
12 gauge A.H. Fox XE grade Double Barrel Shotgun

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12ga: Serial # 23670, Made in 1916, Philadelphia, PA. This gun is in +95% Condition. Hand Engraving. This gun is a fine piece of American craftsmanship. This gun has been shot very little. 2 5/8” chambers, 28” bbls, Full & Mod, Chromox steel, #4 weight, 13 ¾” X 1 5/8” x 2 ¾”, 6lbs 13oz. Price: $11,995.00

12 gauge Churchill Double Barrel. Side-by-Side Shotgun
12 gauge Churchill Double Barrel. Side-by-Side Shotgun

CHURCHILL REGAL XXV ORIGINAL CASE: 12g Boxlock Ejectors: Nice original cased Churchill XXV Regal. 25” bbls. This Churchill is in very good condition and with a 59xx serial number is an early 30’s gun. Nice dimensions on a straight grip DAC 1 ½ X DAH 2 ¼ X LOP 14 to end of pad, with a 5/8 cast off for a right handed shooter. 6lbs. Priced to sell $3975.00.

16 gauge D.M. Lefever, #7 Grade, Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge D.M. Lefever, #7 Grade, Double Barrel Shotgun

DM LEFEVER #7 GRADE 16 GAUGE: 28″ MOD AND FULL 2 3/4 SINGLE SELECT TRIIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM PISTOL GRIP EXCELLENT CONDITION THE WOOD IS PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED 6LB 6 OZ X 2 1/2 X 1 3/4 X 13 FROM REAR SINGLE TRIGGER. Price: $7,500.00

16 gauge Darne Halifax Double Barrel Shotgun
16 gauge Darne Halifax Double Barrel Shotgun

Darne Halifax 16 Gauge: Retains most of the case color on the action with blue in similar condition. 25 ½” bbls, 2 ½” chambers, double triggers, straight stock, 14 1/8″ LOP. 1 3/4″ DAC. 2 5/8″ DAH. 1/4″ cast on (for left-handed shooter), Price: $1,499.99

 

 

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1910 Ansley H. Fox B Grade 12ga

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Price: $3,995.00

 

1916 Ansley H. Fox XE Grade 12gaPrice: $11,995.00

 

PARKER DHE 20 GAUGE STRAIGHT GRIP BEAVERTAIL FOREND 30″ BARRELS

Price: $12,950.00

 

L.C. Smith Fwt. Specialty Grade 12, SST

Price: $3795.00

 

Beretta 626E 12 GA – great looking gun for CHEAP money

Price: $1,250.00

 

BROWNING SUPERPOSED 20 GA 

Barrel Length: 28”

Price: $3,650.00

 

WESTLEY RICHARDS 20- 28″ EJECT Bbls- 15 1/8″ LOP

Price: $6,500.00

 

Cogswell & Harrison Boxlock Ejector, 20 bore

Price: $2,750.00

 

W & C Scott & Son Monte Carlo B Sidelock Pigeon Gun 12 Bore

Price: $4,950.00

20 gauge A.H. Fox XE shotgun: Really a good investment?…

20g Fox XE double barrel shotgun
20g Fox XE double barrel shotgun

“Investment” is a word that comes up a lot in the gun circles, as in “..right now, shotguns like this are excellent investments.” Statements like this make me think “maybe”.

To see what I mean, let’s consider this 20 gauge A.H. Fox XE side by side. It sold a couple weekends ago at Rock Island Auctions for $20,700. This same gun changed hands back in 2008 at Julia’s spring firearms auction for $14,950. (BTW: here are some better pics of it: 20g Fox XE double barrel shotgun, spring 2008).

So here were have a A.H. Fox 20 gauge XE selling twice in 4 years. Was the gun a good “investment”. Lets run some numbers and see.

First, we need to adjust the sale price. Both auctioneers are include a 15% buyer’s premium in the prices they show. We need to take this out to get the real sales prices: $18,000 in 2008 and $13,000 in 2012. This cuts the 4-year gain down to $5000. Still not bad.

Next, lets consider the seller’s premium. This fee is negotiable and if you bring the right stuff to an auctioneer, it can fall to zero. To keep things simple, we’ll just assume that the seller rung all the right bells and paid 0%.

Finally, there are the miscellaneous fees and taxes. Shipping the gun back and forth both times probably cost the seller several hundred dollars. We’ll use $250. Tax wise, since the seller had the gun for over a year, the gains will be dinged  28% – if the seller pays paid them. Most gun auctions don’t process 1099s on sales, so paying capital gains on stuff is totally up to the consignor. Of course, Uncle Sam says it’s something they must do.

This final bit of figuring knocks the gains down to $4750 without taxes and $3420 with them. So what kind of return is this over 4 years? If my math is right (and it may not be), the seller’s looking at 8.0% and 6%. That’s not bad. In this case, I would say that this gun was a decent place to stash some money for a few years.

What do you think?

BTW: please let me know if my calculations are wrong. I’m a writer, not an accountant or financial analyst.