- Robert E. Petersen Collection
- Ancient Firearms - 1350 to 1700
- Road to American Liberty - 1700 to 1780
- A Prospering New Republic - 1780 to 1860
- A Nation Asunder - 1861 to 1865
- The American West - 1850 to 1900
- Innovation, Oddities and Competition
- Theodore Roosevelt and Elegant Arms - 1880s to 1920s
- World War I and Firearms Innovation
- WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Beyond - 1940 to Present
- For the Fun of It
- Modern Firearms - 1950 to Present
- Hollywood Guns
Percussion Cane Gun
Percussion cane guns are quite popular among collectors of 19th century firearms, curios, and oddities. Many well-to-do gentlemen carried similar gun canes for personal protection from the 1850s through the early 1900s, and individuals associated with Theodore Roosevelt are known to have possessed cane guns. Most cane gun examples found follow the basic Remington design.
The Remington single-shot cane gun is unique in several
respects, including its status as the first long arm produced by
Remington. In addition, the Ilion arms makers were the only
major U.S. firearms firm to produce such a gun. Both
percussion and metallic cartridge versions were made by Remington.
J. F. Thomas, Remington's master mechanic, patented the device in
1858, and he received a patent extension in 1872. Both
patents shared the same number, and the patent applications were
written without specification as to ignition type. In fact,
the same design could be used with either percussion or metallic
cartridge, and this feature ensured Remington's exclusive rights to
U.S. manufacture of cane guns.
The basic design was also reproduced by domestic and foreign manufacturers for many years after the Remington patents lapsed.