Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 207: Remington Dog Head Cane Gun

Auction Date: September 11, 2020

Desirable Remington Dog Head Cane Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Desirable Remington Dog Head Cane Gun

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: Cane Gun
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32 RF
Barrel: 27 3/4 inch round
Finish: gutta percha
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 196
Class: Antique

This is a representative example of a Remington metallic cartridge cane gun with the dog head handle. 2,000 Remington cane guns were manufactured from 1861-1888, including multiple variations of heads, colors, and calibers. The original design was patented by Remington's master mechanic John F. Thomas in 1858. The Remington cane guns have the distinction of being the first metallic cartridge long arm produced by Remington. Remington was also the only major U.S. manufacturer to produce cane guns. Cane guns and swords were popular with European gentlemen in the 19th century. Canes were considered an essential part of a gentleman's wardrobe in the Victorian Era. Due to the increase in street crime in both European and American cities, the need for a defensive weapon while still wanting to look sharp helped promote the production of these weapons. Shotgun versions of cane guns were also used for opportunistic hunting while walking on country estates. Remington advertised "The Remington Rifle Cane" as "Just the Thing for Taxidermists" and as "Protection against Dogs and Highwaymen." This example is one of the .32 rimfire versions and has the large dog head handle. The overall length with muzzle cap is 35 1/4 inches.

Rating Definition:

Very good with minor scratches and dings and distinct, attractively aged dog head. The gutta percha shaft is of matching aged color to the aforementioned grip. The tip is a period non- factory brass replacement. These cane guns are highly desirable collector's items.

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