Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1516: Factory Engraved A. H. Fox DE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Exceptional Documented Factory Engraved A. H. Fox DE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun with Rare Single Trigger

Estimated Price: $35,000 - $55,000

Exceptional Documented Factory Engraved A. H. Fox DE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun with Rare Single Trigger

Manufacturer: Fox A H
Model: De Grade
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 12
Barrel: 28 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 620
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 265
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Blued Chromox Steel barrels with a single steel bead sight on the matted, concave solid rib, marked "CHROMOX FLUID STEEL" and "MADE BY A. H. FOX GUN CO. PHILA. PA. U.S.A." on the right and left respectively, and 2 5/8 inch chambers with automatic ejectors. The barrels also show 2 inch wedges of floral scroll engraving at either breech and scrollwork on the rib extension. The casehardened boxlock action displays standard, beautiful DE Grade engraving consisting of floral scrollwork surrounding "ANSLEY H. FOX" banners on either side as well as three separate game scenes. The left scene has a pair of woodcock in flight , the underside shows a setter on point, and the right shows a pair of grouse in flight. The gun features a Fox-Kautely single selective trigger and tang mounted automatic safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". The trigger guard is engraved "M.I.F.". Beautifully figured, fancy checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings, Deeley latch release, and ebony tip inlay. The pistol grip stock is of equal quality with matching checkering, checkered flats, Fox hard rubber grip cap, and a Silver's red rubber recoil pad. This fine gun is pictured and described in William Headrick's article “The Life and Times of Mr. Fox’s DE Grade” from the Double Gun Journal, Winter 2005. The gun is also pictured on page 164 of "A. H. Fox: The Finest Gun in the World" by Michael McIntosh. The above configuration and measurements below are confirmed by an included copy of the factory record sheet. Barrel and Stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .728/.727 inches; choke constriction .010/.025 inches; minimum wall thickness .025/.028 inches; 1 7/8 inch drop at comb; 2 7/8 inch drop at heel; 13 7/8 inch length of pull; weight 7 lbs.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retaining 98% original blue finish, 95% original case colors with the remainder slightly muted, and light handling evidence. The wood is also excellent, showing a few very minor marks, brownish hue to the grip cap, and sharp checkering. Mechanically excellent. The finest condition Fox DE Grade we have ever offered!



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