EXCELLENT GWYN & CAMPBELL CIVIL WAR TYPE 2 CARBINE

$2,795.00

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Item Code: 218-507

Presented here, in excellent condition, is a Type II Gwyn & Campbell carbine. One of some 4,000 carbines produced, the .52 caliber, percussion breech-loading Gwyn & Campbell carbine was the invention of businessmen Edward Gwyn and partner Abner C. Campbell, both of Hamilton, Ohio. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Union Carbine’ or ‘Grapevine Carbine’, the Gwyn & Campbell Type 2 is the most common encountered in the collecting field and was the successor weapon to the Cosmopolitan Arms Company carbine. The U.S. Ordnance Department granted over a dozen contracts to Gwyn & Campbell during 1863 and 1864 for a total of 8,202 carbines. A number of Federal cavalry units were armed with this weapon and included the 3rd Wisconsin; 2nd and 3rd Iowa; 2nd & 3rd Arkansas; 5th and 8th Ohio; 5th, 6th and 16th Illinois along with other Civil War units.

Weapon is a single shot, falling-block action piece mated to a 19” round barrel that has a 3 ½” long octagonal section at the breech. This specimen exhibits all iron mountings with original colors on the metal. Hammer has a flat back with a beveled edge and a lever that is less curved that the Type 1 model. Lever locks into a small claw-like vertical latch on bottom of the stock. Serial # 2578. Weapon is stamped with maker’s mark of “GWYN & CAMPBELL / PATENT / 1862 / HAMILTON, O.” on the lockplate. Stamping very good. All screws in fine condition not buggered. A folding rear sight sits on the octagon frame. Carbine exhibits strong mechanics and is fitted with a sling bar and sling ring. Bore is clean and bright with rifling.

Two strong inspector cartouches visible on left side of stock near the frame. Wood stock excellent and appears untouched with just very light dings and dents from use and storage. An inspector’s initials are stamped on the top of the comb near the butt plate. This Gwyn & Campbell carbine is a fine representative cavalry arm of the Civil War and would definitely enhance any military carbine display or collection.   [jet]

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