Original U.S. Civil War Starr Arms Co. 1863 Single Action .44 Caliber Percussion Army Revolver with Holster- Matching Serial No 30629
Original Item. One Only. This is a fine Civil War revolver bearing the serial number of 30629 indicating production in December 1863. This revolver was part of a 25,000 contract issued by the Union Army in October 1863 for delivery over 12 months beginning with serial number 23,000.
This model featured a "single action" trigger meaning each shot required the hammer to be set in the cocked position manually unlike the Starr Model of 1858 that was a "double action" weapon.
Of particular interest is the totally original military style leather holster that is stamped PC on front and has ink writing on the inner flap (a name? unit?). The holster is well worn but solid. You never see these.
The Model of 1863 also differed in barrel length being 8" as opposed to the 6" issue of the Model 1858. Each revolver carried six cartridges in the chambers. Our example has the cylinder serial numbered 30855 which being so close to the frame number is clearly the mixing of parts in Army Stores which very often happened at that time.
Nice smooth used finish showing a small percentage of blue finish making this a very eye catching percussion civil war revolver.
Caliber: 44 Percussion
Chambers: 6 Shot revolver.
Metal Condition: Very Good.
Wood Condition: Very Good.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny with strong rifling.
Barrel: 6 Inch round with sights.
Triggers: Single for single action.
Weight: 2 LBS 13 OZ.
Sights: Blade front sight.
Serial number 30629 found the frame.
Serial number 30629 found the cylinder.
STARR ARMS, Co. NEW YORK found on left side of frame.
STARR PATENT JAN 16, 1856 found on right side of frame.
Generally there are three models of Starr revolvers:
1863 Single Action .44 Caliber Percussion Army Revolver (produced 1863-1864) [23000 produced]
1858 Double Action .36 Caliber Percussion Navy Revolver (produced 1859-1860) [3000 produced]
1858 Double Action .44 Caliber Percussion Army Revolver (produced 1862-1863) [~21454 produced]
History of the STARR ARMS COMPANY Revolver-
About 23,000 double-action Starr revolvers were manufactured in the late 1850s and early 1860s. Of these, most were purchased by the U.S. Army. Starr revolvers, in both single-and double-action models, represented over 12 percent of the side arms issued to Union cavalry troops. Only Colt and Remington revolvers were more frequently encountered in the hands of Northern soldiers.
Starr revolvers were invented by Eben Townsend Starr of New York City, grandson of Nathan Starr and son of Nathan Starr, Jr., famous U. S. swordmakers and riflemakers of Middletown, Connecticut. This model is marked on the right side of its frame "STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15, 1856.", and on the left side, "STARR. ARMS. Co. NEW YORK." The patent date refers to E. T. Starr's U. S. Patent 14,118 for a self-cocking percussion pepperbox. His U.S. Patent 30,843, December 4, 1860, was for his double-action revolver.
Starr firearms were made at Yonkers, Binghamton, and Morrisania, New York, from 1858 to 1867. The New York City address referred to the Starr Arms Company store and office at 267 Broadway. Starr double-action .44 caliber revolvers, with serial numbers from 1 to about 23,000, were manufactured first, and Starr single-action .44 caliber revolvers, with serial numbers from about 23,000 to about 54,000, last.
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