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Scarce Early Day’s Patent Percussion Cane Gun, 2nd Quarter 19th C

John Day, of Barnstaple, Devon, England, originally patented the underhammer mechanism for this cane gun in 1823, British Patent #4861. It was used in a variety of canes, buggy whips, and various other common accouterments of the day to provide self-defense. This appears to be an early version, featuring a 28 1/8" screw-off barrel of approximately .60 caliber, marked "TWIST" with British proof marks and the serial number "33". Top of frame is marked "DAYS/PATENT/JR" (partially obscured by the rear sight). Notched rear sight and front bead sight. It is fitted with a short walnut grip that is threaded to accept a screw-on shoulder stock (absent). The concealed trigger is exposed when the hammer is cocked. Knurled knob on the hammer has been replaced with a nut. These were originally painted with a faux wood grain and this example retains about 10% of the original paint. The hammer is also marked with the serial number "33". Mechanics very good. Overall length 34 3/8".

FC1338 $695

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