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Lot 1425: Philadelphia Manufactured A. H. Fox CE Grade Boxlock Shotgun

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Engraved Philadelphia Manufactured A. H. Fox CE Grade Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000

Engraved Philadelphia Manufactured A. H. Fox CE Grade Boxlock Double Barrel Shotgun with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Fox A H
Model: Ce Grade
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 32 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 802
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 345
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Blued Krupp fluid steel barrels with single steel bead sight on the matte, concave solid rib, marked "KRUPP FLUID STEEL MADE BY" and "A.H.FOX GUN Co. PHILA.PA" on the right and left barrels respectively, 2 9/16 inch chambers with ejectors, and chokes measured full/full. The casehardened boxlock action displays the early C Grade engraving style with near full coverage engraving with bird scenes on either side of the receiver and a hunting dog on the underside. The gun features double triggers and tang mounted automatic safety switch. Beautifully figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings and Deeley latch release as well as a straight grip stock with checkered flats and rubber recoil pad. The included factory letter confirms the barrel length, gauge, weight, and stock measurements (some variation with age/shrinkage) when it was shipped to "Giltner" in November 1908. Includes a reprinted copy of a Fox catalog. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameters 9 inches from the breech .731/.731 inches; choke constriction .040/.041 inches; minimum wall thickness .038/.037 inches; drop at comb 1 1/4 inches; drop at heel 2 1/16 inches; length of pull 14 9/16 inches; weight 7 lbs 12 oz.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 95% plus reapplied blue finish on the barrels, traces of case colors in the protected areas with the balance a mix of grey and brown patina, and some spotting on the barrels. The wood is very good with numerous dings and scratches, two deeper scratches on the left of the butt, traces of a removed comb pad, deteriorating recoil pad, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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