Lot 1017
  • 1017

VERY RARE ASH STEEL AND WROUGHT-IRON CEMETERY GUN, ENGLAND, 18TH / EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Estimate
300 - 500 USD
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Description

  • metal
  • Length 18 1/2 in.

Provenance

Jurgensen Machine Co., New York.

Exhibited

Museum of Mourning Art, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Catalogue Note

Not illustrated.

These pivoting swivel guns were used in conjunction with three trip wires strung around their position at night designed to catch grave robbers unaware. They were costly and would often be rented by the cemetery to placate concerned recently bereaved families, who feared for the corpses of their loved ones at the hands of those supplying anatomists in this gruesome and lucrative trade.

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