|Title:||fox 16 guage doublebarrel shotgun|
|Description:||fox doublebarrel shotgun 16 guage|
|Appraised By:||Tim Alley|
|History Of The Item:||A.H. Fox model Sterlingworth double barrel shotgun in 16 gauge. The gun has 28" barrels and this model is a hammerless boxlock receiver. The gun is in what appears to be good to maybe above average condition with most of the original finish being removed and the wood appears to be a little rough as well ( maybe needs a good cleaning ). The serial number is 353807 and this model was manufactured from 1910 - 1942. The serial number range on the Sterlingworth guns were 300,000 - 378,481 for the 16 gauge guns.
The Fox Sterlingworth which you have was the entry level grade double and is the most common of all the Fox guns. A.H. Fox started producing shotguns in 1896 working for Fox Gun Company and later Baltimore Gun company before starting A. H. Fox & Company in 1903. In 1930 Savage Arms purchased Fox and began producing guns up till 1942. The Fox shotguns are of very fine quality and compared to the LC Smith, and lower grade Parkers.
|Appraiser Tips:||Its hard to really tell from the pictures but the stock seems to be rough or almost like its been burned or something where it meets the receiver. Also the receiver appears to have maybe some minor pitting in the rear as well. I would suggest trying to clean up the gun some as this will only help increase the value more. You might see what the stock needs and try and clean it as well as using some 000 steel wool and oil on the pitting area's of the receiver. Make sure to keep a light coat of oil on all metal surfaces and also keep the barrels swabbed out using a patch and cleaning rod, or a bore mop which is the easiest. Most of your better sporting goods stores will be able to supply you with all the cleaning items needed.|
|Research Sources:||Fox offered the Sterlingworth in several styles and some of this information you will need to check your gun for as I have no idea without seeing it in person. This model was offered with extractors which was standard unless it was upgraded to auto - ejectors ( meaning when you open the barrels the shells are kicked out ), not having to pull them out by hand. Also the standard model has double triggers which you have, but these could be upgraded to a single select trigger. You need to see if your gun has extractors or ejectors as auto - ejectors will add another 30% to my appraisal value.
There are many books like gun traders guide, blue book, Flaydermans, and many others which cover the Fox shotguns as well as others based solely on this gun. All can be found by searching the web.
I enjoy researching firearms and have for many years and the A.H. Fox guns to be are one of the best built and affordable to most people looking for a quality built American made shotgun.
|Appraiser Comments:||Your gun based on all the information I have as well as looking at the pictures sent should be worth around $ 600.00 possibly a little more if cleaned up. The values are based on current market values for a Sterlingworth in good to very good original condition and also being a 16 gauge. Please remember to check the gun for ejectors as this will also add another 30% if it has them.
Thanks and I hope this information helps.
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