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Lot 3167: E. Remington & Sons Thomas Patent Rimfire Cane Gun

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce E. Remington & Sons Thomas Patent .22 Rimfire Cane Gun with Small Curved Handle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $12,000

Scarce E. Remington & Sons Thomas Patent .22 Rimfire Cane Gun with Small Curved Handle

Manufacturer: Remington Arms Inc
Model: Cane Gun
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 RF
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: brown
Grip: gutta percha
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 109
Class: Antique

The Remington Cane Gun was designed by John F. Thomas, Remington's master mechanic. The percussion version was patented in 1858, with production being interrupted by the Civil War, and production of the new and improved rimfire variations beginning shortly after the cessation of hostilities. These rimfire examples were made from about 1866 to 1888 in two calibers, .22RF and .32RF, with this example being the latter. It is estimated that approximately 2,000 of each caliber were made. This example has a rarely seen small curved handle made of the same brown gutta percha as the shaft. It is rare to find any of the variations of the Remington cane guns in such high condition due to the fragile nature of the gutta percha. There is a small German silver band where the handle meets the shaft and a serrated iron ferrule at the tip/muzzle. Just below the band is the faint serial number "1518" and at the bottom of the upper portion of the shaft traces of the patent markings can be seen. It measures 35 1/2 inches overall. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Very fine, showing mostly an attractive brown on the shaft and handle with some patches of mild fading/wear, grey patina and some light pitting/oxidation on the iron, and attractive antique patina on the brass with some scattered minor handling marks overall. It appears to function correctly.

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