Sold For: $4,205
Make: Ansley H. Fox
Model: Side by Side A Grade
Serial Number: 202728 A
Year of Manufacture: 1926
Gauge: 20 Gauge, 2 ¾” Shells
Action Type: Top-Break, Box Lock Side by Side Shotgun with Ejectors
Markings: The shotgun receiver is engraved with the late style Fox A Grade engraving. The sides of the receiver are marked “ANSLEY H. FOX”. The bottom tang is marked “202728”. The top of the right barrel is marked “CHROMOX FLUID COMPRESSED STEEL”. The top of the left barrel is marked “MADE BY A.H. FOX GUN CO: PHILA. PA. U.S.A.” The barrel flat is marked “A 202728” and with the Fox proof mark. The underside of both barrels are marked “3”. The forend hardware is marked “202728 / PAT’D / AUG 18-1904 / MAY 11-1909 / MAY 2-1911”. The forend wood is stamped “202728”. The barrel flat is marked “202728 A” and with various patent dates.
Barrel Length: 30”
Choke: Both bores measure .586” at the muzzle.
Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a silver colored front sight bead on a serrated solid rib.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered walnut. There are light compression and handling marks on the sides of the buttstock. There is a gap behind the bottom tang where the stock was cut out too far. The wood is a bit shy of the metal at the receiver. The LOP measures 14 ½” from the front of the forward trigger to the back of the still pliable White Line recoil pad. Drop @ comb: about 1 3/4″. Drop @ Heel: about 3″. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: The receiver and forend hardware are case colored. The barrels are blue.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright. The left barrel has a light dent at the top radius and a a couple more farther towards the muzzle on the far left side. There are small spots of erosion in the bores. NOTE: Pictures have been added to better show the barrel dent(s).
Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 87% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light wear and thinning on the barrels and rib. There is thinning of the case coloring on the receiver. There are also a few light compression marks on the rib. There is frosting on the trigger guard. There is also frosting on the barrels as well. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions mostly correct. Sometimes, the individual ejectors both eject simultaneously even though only one trigger was pulled. We have not fired this shotgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: From “The FOX GUN” ( A.H. Fox “Wood Grain” Catalog, A.H. Fox Gun Company, Philadelphia, PA) “This FOX grade is a gun that the discriminating sportsman will appreciate as to price and workmanship. It is not a cheap gun, but a more than good gun at a reasonable figure, and can be built to your own specifications without extra charge. The material and fittings are of superior FOX class. The barrels are genuine Chromox Fluid Steel. They have been FOX-PROOFED as absolutely safe and unusually strong, hard shooters and fully guaranteed. The stock is made of select dark Walnut of good grain and figure, and tastefully checkered. The engraving-of an entirely new design, is far superior to any that has heretofore been found on guns of this grade and adds very considerably to the handsome appearance of the gun. You can search through the world’s gun market and not find a better, truer shotgun at the price than the “A” Grade FOX. Like all FOX Guns, it carries the strong, broad FOX Guarantee and FOX-PROOF Certificate.” This shotgun is in great condition and would be great for the Fox Collector or anyone who wants a nice looking vintage side by side.