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Gwyn & Campbell

Name Street Town State From To
Gwyn & Campbell   Hamilton Ohio 1859 1865

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Edward Gwyn, born 1816 in London (England) - arrived in Hamilton about 1855 and Abner Caruthers Campbell, born 1824 in Hamilton were partners in the gas works (Hamilton Gas Light & Coke Co.) and turned to the gun business in 1859. During the Civil War they supplied carbines to the Union cavalry.

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.

.52 caliber percussion, single shot breech loading carbine, 20" round/octagonal barrel.
Production about 8,500
Right side
1st Model right side
1st Model right side of stock
Lock with hammer right side

.52 caliber percussion, single action breech loading carbine, this is thie variation with the Pivot Lever Latch of which only 500 were made, produced in 1863
right side