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Object Name Gun, Cane
Catalog Number 1939.102
Maker Allen, Ethan; Lambert, Roger N.
Date ca. 1832
Material(s) Reed; aluminum; steel; ivory
Dimensions H-30.25 W-1.25 D-1.25 inches
Description This is a Lambert’s Patent combination gun and cane. The removable outer reed sheath hides an iron barrel beneath. The gun consists of a 28” long tapered and rifled barrel which screws into the section that contains the action and cane handle. The firing action and trigger are exposed only when the knob handle is pulled back. The handle can be bent downward to cock the weapon and serves as a butt stock. The ivory knob handle has a raised incised bead in the center and incised lines at its base. The handle is secured with an iron rivet visible at the top of the ivory knob.
There is a separate cane sheath (not original). This sheath is made from a hollow reed with branches removed. The material has been varnished. There is a beaded aluminum ferrule or ring at the mouth. There is no tip at the end. The end is open.
Notes Robert Perkins Letcher (1788-1861) was born in Goochland County, Virginia and brought by his parents, soon after, to Garrard County, Kentucky. After attending Joshua Frye's Academy, he studied law with Humphrey Marshall. Serving in the War of 1812, he was then elected to the state legislature in 1813, 1815, and to Congress in 1823, 1833, 1834-35. He became Kentucky's 15th Governor in 1840. He served as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Mexico in 1849-52. He died in Frankfort.
Collection Mary Foley Collection
People Robert Perkins Letcher
Foley, Mary
Ethan Allen
Roger N. Lambert
Subjects Canes
Arms & armament
Search Terms Letcher, Robert Perkins
Marshall, Humphrey
General Assembly
Garrard County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS