A.H. Fox AE 12 Gauge – Gorgeous Restoration – AAA Stump Burl Walnut – Historically Authenticated
Guns International #: 100834903 Seller's Inventory #: Fox AE 01
Category: Fox Shotguns - Shotguns - American Double
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Seller: Texas Shotgun
Member Since: 3/21/17
First Name: Keven
Country: United States
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Seller: Private Seller
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This beautiful restoration looks way-closer-to-new than might be expected for a 95-year-old firearm. Here’s the story of how it got that way: This 30” barrel gun left the A.H. Fox Philadelphia workshop on July 18, 1922. It was sent to a dealer, the Cofiah Hardware Company, whose address is unknown. Who the gun was sold to, who it might have been passed along to, and what shooting adventures it might have known for the next forty-one years may always remain a mystery.
But I do know this: It was purchased in Dallas in 1963, by my uncle, Dub Wilhite. Dub was not only meticulous when it came to the care of his guns, he even kept type-written records on all of them. They tell us that he purchased it from Oak Cliff Gun and Lock, a shop in his Dallas neighborhood. I was in grade-school at the time, and still remember the weight of it in my skinny arms when he handed it to me to inspect; that, and the feel of the checkering on the broad forearm that was unlike any I had seen up till then. “It’s called a beavertail,” he explained.
What is unclear is whether he bought the gun newly restored or had the work done to his specifications after purchase. I think the latter is likely. A detail on his record says, “New AAA stump burl walnut stock and forearm, 24-line checker, pistol grip cap, barrels reblued, auto ejector, recoil pad, beaver-tail forearm.” Though it is not mentioned, the ebony grip cap and ivory bead are nice touches.
Though we don’t know who specified the work, we might know who did the masterful gunsmithing. The Pachmayr recoil pad is imprinted: “C.B. Chambliss Custom Guns, Detroit, Texas.”
Though it shows almost no wear since the rework, my uncle likely used the gun for a few south Texas goose hunts in the 1960’s. By 1970, due to life changes, my uncle was no longer in shooting sports. Still, he kept his entire gun collection intact and well-maintained until he suffered a stroke in the late 1980’s. At that point, he was institutionalized and his collection came to live in my father’s gun safe a few hours away. It stayed there and still lives there, looking as-if-a-museum-piece alongside my father’s well-used deer rifles. My father has since passed, and that safe is now in my care. Though I have sentimental attachment to this gun, due my mother’s medical expenses from Alzheimer’s, I must sell it for her.
In anticipation of that sale, I sent pictures, details, and forty dollars to arms historian J.T. Callahan, in Southampton, Massachusetts. A few weeks later I received a letter of authentication, with details like those mentioned above, which I will include with the gun.
There is one discrepancy between that early Fox record and those of my uncle: Callahan lists the gun as choked “Full and Full.” My uncle’s record lists it as, “Modified and Full.” My probe with a choke gauge showed one barrels reads precisely at full on the gauge; the second is a tad more open but still very close to full. To be sure, I went to my trusted go-to expert at my local gun shop of many years. He measured the bore reduction from 4” back and at the muzzle on each barrel, and said definitively that the bore reduction is identical on both barrels, making them both full.
I also had him assess the bores for condition; he said were “excellent.” However, he saw some “discolored spots in the right chamber.” It was not rust, and he did not think it was a problem at all, but I am letting you know anyway.
I dry-fired it (with snap caps), and determined that the safety works, the triggers are firm but crisp, and the ejectors work. I believe the gun has not been not been fired or taken afield since the late 1960’s.
LoP: 14 1/4”: DaC: 1 5/8” DaH: 2”.
Shipping and Inspection $50
Serial Number: 28814
Wood Condition: Like new
Stock Comb: DaC: 1 5/8
Stock Heel: DaH: 2
Stock Cast: none
Fore End: beavertail
Butt Pad: Pachmyar
LOP: 14 1/4
Weight: 7 1/2 lbs
Manufacture Date: 1922
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Full
Extras: Authentication papers
Item Location: Texas