Antique Cane Gun Moses Babcock, SIGNED – Charlestown [Massachusetts] 34.5”SOLD
The .69-caliber barrel with brass bead sight retains approximately 60% original painted finish, else
smooth plumb brown; the bore is smooth and clean. The frame displays original thinning black; original
oak handle displaying a richly grained dark honey patina.
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. (Signed “CHARLESTOWN: on trigger.) 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.)