Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1487: Engraved A.H. Fox 20 Gauge XE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Auction Date: May 14, 2022

Desirable Factory Engraved A.H. Fox 20 Gauge XE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $16,000 - $22,500

Desirable Factory Engraved A.H. Fox 20 Gauge XE Grade Double Barrel Shotgun

Manufacturer: Fox A H
Model: Xe Grade
Type: Shotgun
Gauge: 20
Barrel: 26 inch solid rib
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 885
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 330
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Manufactured in 1912. Blued Krupp Fluid Steel barrels with dual white bead sights on the matted, concave solid rib, 1 7/8 inch wedges of floral engraving at either breech, and chambers measured at 2 3/4 inches with automatic ejectors. The casehardened action display the standard XE Grade engraving consisting of floral foliage engraving surrounding three game scenes as well as "ANSLEY H. FOX" on either side. The left side has a pair of grouse in flight, the right has a pair of mallards in flight, and the underside shows a fox in a field scene. The gun features the desirable single selective trigger and a tang mounted manual safety switch with gold inlaid "SAFE". Nicely figured, multi-point checkered splinter forend with engraved fittings and a horn tip inlay as well as the round knob pistol grip stock with checkered flat and serrated horn buttplate. Barrel and stock measurements (R/L): bore diameter nine inches from the breech .621/.620 inches; choke constriction .001/.004 inches; minimum wall thickness .031/.032 inches; 1 7/16 inch drop at comb; 2 7/16 inch drop at heel; 14 5/16 inch length of pull; weight 6 lbs 3 oz.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine as expertly refurbished, retaining 98% blue and 95% case hardened finishes with minor handling evidence. The wood is very fine and has a few minor scratches and dings, slight scratching on the toe of the buttplate, and sharp checkering. The left ejector is incomplete, however, it is operational, otherwise mechanically excellent.

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