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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-14-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Fox Sterlngworth 16 GA., value

I am trying to find the value of a Fox Sterlingworth 16 Ga. I have the serial number but have not had luck finding any particulars. Any suggestions on how to research.
It has been told to me that this was manufactured by Savage Firearms, and not A H Fox.
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Years and ser#s http://www.doublegunshop.com/dgsnos1.htm




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Re: Fox Sterlngworth 16 GA., value

Condition and original = higher price. Especially with the classic utility grade doubles.

If the case colors are bright, no rust or pits, no major flaws it could be anywhere from $1200 and up.

If the screws are buggered, the lever is left of center, and the barrels make a thud when rung, and there is 4" cut off the stock then its likely only worth a couple hundred for parts.

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Re: Fox Sterlngworth 16 GA., value

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Thank you for posting this!

I have been wondering about my old 12 Fox/Sterlingworth that was my grandfathers. i took it out this week to take a few photos to post on another sight and wondered when it was made. Your link puts mine at around 1926. Pretty cool!
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Savage bought the rights to produce Fox guns in the early 1930's. An earlier Fox will have Philadelphia,Pa on the barrels, a Savage made Fox will have Utica,NY on the barrels. The philly guns were more carefully made, with better quality materials, and are worth more than Savage produced guns. With little exception, they are basically identical, and function exactly the same. Ansley Fox was an extremely proud perfectionist, and he had a hard time compromising quality for profit, thus the reason he went out of business several times. They are the best American double shotguns ever produced. Yours, if in good condition, is selling between $1000 and $2000 right now.

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Joe, i have examined the barrells and there is nothing that I can find that shows either Philadelphia or Utica
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It will have Savage on the barrels if its a Savage gun, that was part of the deal. Only less than a hundred guns were made by Savage outside of the Utica plant. PM me your serial number and I will return to you all information about your gun. If you are interested, I will provide you the info. for the Fox gun historian, he can provide you with a factory letter for about $40.

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Savage also assembled several guns from fox leftover parts.

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Joe the Logger is all excited. Much as all Fox guys get when they hear of a small gauge gun. A decent 12 ga may only bring $500 and the same gun in 20ga $2000.The first question I have to ask is this gun a Fox model B. It is unusal to find one without something on the barrel unless it has been buffed to death.Here is the website with alot of info, pictures, etc..

http://www.foxcollectors.com/ah_fox/content/index.html

The factory historian charges $40 for a letter and it may not say anything at all. When it was made, demension,date shipped. Alot of times if it wasn't a special gun(graded) there was little info and spending the $40 may not be worth it. If after you research the gun on the website you find it is something special or possibly ordered for a king or queen then the letter will be worthwhile. in my opion.
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Re: Fox Sterlngworth 16 GA., value

Per the original posters serial number, he owns a 1939 Savage produced Fox Sterlingworth. Contrary to your suggestion, I am not all excited. John Calahan puts out valueable and correct information in his Fox factory letters, as did Roe Clark before him, both highly respected gentlemen. These letters are more in-depth when they concern earlier guns, because Fox kept much better records than Savage. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Mcintosh and having him sign my original copy of his world authoritative book on Fox shotguns. They have been a passion of mine for a long time. I helped the OP for free because I don't like to see anyone get taken when selling a fine gun, normally, from my office, I charge for appraisals. His concern was legitimate, his questions were answered correctly, he is happy, thats all we try to do here.

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