Cosmopolitan Carbine

Description (Brief)
The Cosmopolitan carbine was patented by Edward Gwyn and Abner Campbell in 1862 and manufactured at their Cosmopolitan Arms Company in Hamilton, OH. The double loop lever lowered the breech block for loading a .52 caliber paper cartridge. The State of Illinois purchased 1,140 Cosmopolitans for use by the Illinois Cavalry. The Cosmopolitan was not popular with the troops but garnered many nicknames including Union, Ohio and Grapevine.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
carbine
carbine, percussion
date made
ca 1862
patentee
Gwyn, Edward
Campbell, Abner C.
Measurements
overall: 39 in x 2 7/8 in; 99.06 cm x 7.3025 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
AF*252575
catalog number
252575
accession number
49064
subject
Firearms
Military
Civil War
event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Civil War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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