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 Post subject: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2003 8:34 pm 
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I am interested in information on my old Side by Side. It was made by A. H. Fox Gun Co. It has a serial number of 74882 engraved behind the trigger guard, and "Sterlingworth" engraved on the side.
Although I haven't used this gun, I want to go bird hunting again, and want to know if this gun is safe or, perhaps, too valuable to use in the field.



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 Post subject: Re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2003 11:21 pm 
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It appears to be from 1915

if it's in good condition it's about $800 worth of gun

The gun should be safe with moderate loads but I'm only a guy on the internet , have a gunsmith or long established gunshop owner to check it over for you.

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 Post subject: Re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 2:22 pm 
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I agree with the above response but I'm going to give you a few simple tests you can do to determine the condition of your Fox.
Make sure the barrels are clean and look down each one for any signs of pitting.
Run your fingers down the outside of the barrels to check for bulges.
Look down the outside of the barrels along the rib for any signs of rust.
Try to pull each trigger with the safety on. If you can do this have the gun serviced before using it.
Remove the forearm and with the barrels in the closed position, vigorously shake the gun from side to side. If there is any movement or rattling have the gun serviced before use.

Anything elso noted like cracks in the stock or dents in the barrels would preclude my using the gun until they were fixed.
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 Post subject: Re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2003 9:36 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. After posting yesterday, I found the manufacturing date of 1904. This places it a bit older than the first estimate.
While searching the web, I came across a site that showed a gun identical to mine, in not quiet as good a condition. It was listed at $1,095.00
I will closlely inspect my gun for any flaws you mentioned, and, as recommended, prior to using it, I will have it inspected by a professional.

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 Post subject: Re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2003 7:26 am 
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If it was on the gun it was the patent date the Sterlingworth wasn't introduced until 1910 or 1905 depending on sources

Scroll down to Sterlingworth http://gunshop.comIsClosed/dgsnos1.htm

Remember, asking prices and what it actually sells for are two different animals as are the prices you'd see being a buyer or seller.

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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 1:54 pm 
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I also have an old sterlingworth from around the same date. are there any web sites that i can find more information about these guns. like specific manufacturing dates? thanks


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:21 pm 
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You have the right site,,, Post your serial number, replace the last 2 digits with Xs, if you like and ask any question you like about your gun.. If you want to buy the book, it's titled "A H Fox-The Finest Gun In The World"..Bushrod


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:36 am 
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My sterlingworth serial number is 513**. If some one could tell me the age of this firearm, that would be wonderful. One other question, there is a very small dent on the top of the right barrel. about 5 inches from the muzzle. if i had to guess id say it is about 1/16 in. deep.is this repairable? Thanks to all


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:22 pm 
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Hessian, Double check that number . The lowest number I have listed is 53800, for 1910, the first year for the Sterlingworth.. The dent can be fixed .. Contact Mike Orien, He's the moderator for the "Gunsmith & Restoration" forum, here on Shotgunworld..Bushrod


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:30 pm 
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Thans for all the info. The serial number has me stumper as well. it is very clearly stamped in many areas as 513**. If there is anyone else you could refer to contact i would greatly appreciate it. thanks again.


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:11 pm 
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Post everything that is written on the gun both inside and out, and we'll try to help..Bushrod


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:02 pm 
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Before I list everything, i just wanted to thank you again for all the help. Right side of barrel, Sterlingworth Fluid compressed steel Made By (than on to the left barrel) The Sterlingworth company-Philadelphia PA. USA. On the underside of the left barrel is the serial number 513**.
under the fore end the serial # is listed agian.
On the receiver the pat. dates are listed as follows--
Dec.02 1902,Aug.16 1904,Aug. 01 1905,Oct.15 1905,Jan.16 1906. the serial number is stamped on the reciever as well.
the serial number is engraved behind the trigger guard near the stock.
on both sides of the reciever it reads The Sterlingworth CO.
this is all the info that is on the gun. Thank you again for any help.


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:05 pm 
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Hessian: you're messing with my mind.. You said you had an A H Fox Sterlngworth.. But you don't mention where It is written on the gun..I think you have a Sterlingworth, made by the Sterlingworth Company. of Philladelphia PA. Made in 1910... Ansley Fox didn't want his name associated with a cheap gun and the first 3000 Sterlingworths do not carry the Fox name.... Am I correct in assuming that your gun is not stamped with the Fox name....Bushrod


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:33 pm 
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You are one hundred percent correct. I miss understood the manufacturing. It is a sterlingworth. Not an AH Fox. That explains alot. Thank you for your help.


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:47 pm 
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GOOD AFTERNOON I HAVE A STERLINGWORTH 12 GA WITH SERIAL # 1434XX THAT HAS A RECOIL PAD AND IVORY BEAD SIGHTS AND A 30" BARREL,I BELEIVE THIS TO BE A STERLINGWORTH DELUXE.DOES ANYONE HERE KNOW HOW ELSE TO IDENTIFY IT FOR SURE AND A PRODUCTION DATE?THANKS IN ADVANCE.


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:47 pm 
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All of you need to post your questions on foxcollectors.com.


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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:09 pm 
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1434xx....1937.....

Strange...I just answered a sterlingworth question for NHgrousehunter about his 1914 sterlingworth...I have one made that same year...

Now yours with sn.1434XX....

Well my only other sterlingworth..which is one with the stock held on with a through bolt [experimental].......was made in the same year as yours 1937 [1437XX]....what kind of coincidence is that????

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 Post subject: re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:23 pm 
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If you go here, there is complete break down on Fox guns.
http://foxcollectors.com/

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 Post subject: Re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:36 pm 
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i have a double barrell shotgun sterlingworth company philadelphia pa usa

foudn pics of it and it said it was circa 1910

model number 50674. can anybody help me identify and price this?


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 Post subject: Re: A. H. Fox / Sterlingworth
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:58 am 
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$200 to $1200, depending on condition..Bushrod




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