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1404
$86,250.00

*EXTREMELY RARE A. H. FOX “FE” SHOTGUN WITH DOUBLE DOG GOLD INLAYS, USED BY FOX AS AN “EXHIBITION” GUN WITH CLARK LETTER.

SN 30067. (1924) Cal. 12 ga. 2-3/4″ Chambers. 32″ Bbls with narrow, matted rib, and double steel bead, are hand engraved “CHROMOX FLUID STEEL” “MADE BY A. H. FOX GUN CO. PHILA. PA U.S.A.” on tops. Breech ends are engraved with classic “F” grade 3″ triangles of large scroll and acanthus bisected by gold inlaid lightning bolts. 1/8″ Bands of geometric engraving are around muzzles. Bbl flats are hand engraved with SN, grade, and “2-3/4″ Chambers” and stamped with Fox proof. Sides of flats, cocking slide, and breech ends of bbls are damascened. Bottoms of bbls are stamped with striking weight “3”. Case hardened action with rebated and dbl ogee backed frame, features automatic safety (SAFE inlaid in gold), and nickel plated Kautzky single selective trigger. Water table is hand engraved with patent dates, SN, and grade. Action is engraved with full coverage well done open shaded scroll with acanthus and floral highlights which surrounds unusual dbl vignettes of gold inlaid dogs; pointers on left side in mountainous backgrounds, and setters on right in open meadows. There are gold inlaid stars on hinge pin heads. “ANSLEY H. FOX” is in arched band above rear dog scenes. Bottom of action depicts ruffed grouse with four chicks in woodland scene within fancy border. Trigger plate is engraved with scroll, acanthus, and flowers to match remainder of action. Trigger guard has more scroll flanking vignette of two flying snipe. SN is in gold on tang. Round knob pistol grip buttstock is of strikingly fiddle figured and beautifully marbled European walnut, and measures 13-1/2″ over ribbed composition buttplate. Side panels have closely spaced checkering with attractive fleur-di-lis intrusions. Borderless checkering at grip is of fancy crenelated pattern shot through with ribbons and fleur-di-lis in typical “FE” style. A vacant silver shield is on toe line. Typical high grade Fox extra long splinter forend with inset schnabeled ebony tip, is checkered to match buttstock in fancy pattern with ribbons and fleur-di-lis. Interior of iron has wavy and line border engraving, and engraved patent dates. Bore diameter: left -.729, right – .728. Bore restrictions: left – .036 (full), right – .033 (full). Wall thickness: left – .030, right – .030. Drop at heel: 2-7/16″, drop at comb: 1-1/2″. Cast 1/4″ on. Weight: 7 lbs. 6 oz. LOP: 13-1/2″. PROVENANCE: 5 Ledger cards indicating return to factory, one with note “loaned to Johnson Morgan ?”, another with “Savage Exhibit Chicago”. Roe S. Clark letter with specifications. Information card with specifications. Estate collection of Dana Tauber. CONDITION: Excellent, appears near new, as partially and very lightly restored, appears unfired. Bbls retain 95 – 98% of what appears to be orig blue, but is most likely a very sympathetic re-blue over some light marks and scratches. Action retains nearly all of what appears to be orig color, but is most likely a simple re-color, with very little polishing or work necessary, and shows only a touch of subsequent silvering on highest edges (knuckle not polished). Stocks retain nearly all of a fine hand rubbed oil finish over a number of nicks and dents, most notably 3 or 4 fairly deep dings on right side of butt, and a few inside of pistol grip. An incipient, but old, 1/4″ stress crack is behind top tang. Checkering is slightly worn and has not been re-cut. Bores are excellent. Action is tight. Bbls are on face. Ejectors are slightly out of time. Trigger works. Factory records indicate that this particular gun was exhibited by Fox at trade shows, etc. and has been returned to the factory numerous times. Most certainly restoration work was done at one of these times to preserve a “factory new” look. 51980-34 MGM (75,000-125,000) C&R – Lot 1404

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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