Back to Homepage

Cosmopolitan Arms Co.

Name Street Town State From To
Cosmopolitan Arms Co.   Hamilton Ohio 1859 1865


Patent Date Remarks
     


Contract for
State of Illinois 1140 carbines


Product
Carbines sold by Cosmopolitan Arms Co. and those of Gwyn & Campbell, both in additional often marked and refered to as Union are quite identical but there are some differences. Especially the lever.

The Cosmopolitan's guns were based on the patent of Henry Gross (see Gross Henry). Edward Gwyn requested for an English patent for identical mechanism which was granted on December 20, 1859 (English patent had the number 1489). Campbell brought the funds. Today it seems that both has to be to consider as separate manufacturing. Sorry when still melting information. I am not yet certain which was made by whome. It is not of help that in historic records both guns were often named as Union Carbines.

The 1140 carbines were issued to the 5th and 6th Illinois Cavalry.

.45 caliber percussion, sporting rifle

.50 caliber percussion, carbine

.52 Caliber percussion. single shot rifle. Production about 100.

.52 caliber percussion carbine, marked COSMOPOLITAN ARMS CO. HAMILTON, O, U.S.A. and GROSS PATENT 1859 on lock, round barrel, saddle ring mount on the left side, most likely the Illinois contract carbine

.52 caliber percussion carbine, used a .52 caliber linen cartridge, 20" part octagonal barrel, marked COSMOPOLITAN ARMS CO HAMILTON.O. U.S/GROSS'PATENT/1859 and UNION / RIFLE on the right side of the action. A variation of the Illinois contract carbine ?

right side