Very Rare American Cane Gun
All-iron cane gun manufactured by Moses Babcock, Charlestown, Massachusetts - SOLD
This .54 caliber cane gun is iron with a brass handle complete with Babcock's signatory silver sitting dog on the handle cap. The barrel is 27.5 inches long; overall length is 33.5 inches. This underhammer gun with a concealed trigger that snaps down when the gun is cocked was made by one of the very few American manufacturers of cane guns. Though popular in Great Britain and on The Continent, they were not in widespread use in the United States. Among American manufacturers, Remington produced a line of cane guns; Ethan Allen had a design for a cane gun, and Babcock. (Babcock is listed as working in Charlestown from 1849-1873.) The condition is very good with dark steel patina overall.
We know that this is among the most rare examples, in fact, most cane books don't list Babcock as a maker!
There is a reference in Seller's American Gunsmiths that dates Babcock in Charlestown, MA and references Logan's Underhammer Guns, which has a less than desirable drawing of a Babcock cane gun but no reference in the index.
There is a handle/breech photo published in Flayderman’s Guide, 8th edition, page 360 (These are marked on the hammer as is this example.)
Pictured in Cane Curiosa by Catherine Dike, Page 316 (has curved handle) and page 317.
Please note: of the 3 or 4 Babcock's which we have seen in 35 years, all were with brass cane handle having swooping curve and the silver seated dog in the
butt of the handle.