I have been collecting pinfire cartridges and guns for a while now with a strong focus on the role the played in America’s past. On this journey I have researched Pinfire production in the US for the American Civil War by American companies such as C. D. Leet, Allen & Wheelock, and Christian Sharps; as well as guns that were imported.
What I have not been able to find research on however is what foreign companies provided pinfire cartridges for use in the American Civil War. That is why I decided to find out for myself. US production for the Union army only provided 1,572,000 cartridges. All of the rest (and I would estimate maybe 5+ times the US production) were imported.
From my research so far, nearly all have been imported from Paris, France by companies such as Chaudun, Chaudun & Derivière, Gevelot, and Houllier & Blanchard. I have also document some from Eley of the UK as well as quite a few from Charles Fusnot of Bruxells, Belgium.
The Confederate Army seemed to favor ones from Chaudun, Chaudun & Derivière and Gevelot; while the Union troops of course used the US made ones I mentioned above, as well as many by Gevelot, and some by Eley, Houllier & Blanchard, and Charles Fusnot.
Pinfire shotgun shells especially were mostly by Eley.
I have put together an image of the ones in my personal collection along with where they were excavated from. (This is an updated image from those who may have seen my old one on here)
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