Original U.S. Civil War Starr Arms Co. Model 1863 .44cal Percussion Army Revolver - Serial 37745
Original Items: Only one set Available. This is a fine Civil War revolver bearing the serial number of 37745, indicating production in mid 1864. 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. This ended up being more utilitarian, as it was often hard to accurately aim while also pulling the trigger to cock the weapon.
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 serial number 39614 on all parts of the revolver including the barrel, barrel extension, trigger guard, grip support, and partly present under the hammer. The cylinder marking unfortunately is worn away, as they usually are. The wooden grip sometimes has a serial number, but it is worn away on this example as well. There is however still the ghost of a cartouche on the left outside grip.
Other Markings include-
- STARR. ARMS. Co. NEW. YORK. found on left side of frame.
- STARR'S PATENT JAN 16, 1856. found on right side of frame.
Nice smooth used finish showing a lovely gray patina, making this a very eye catching percussion civil war revolver. It also has a nice "blade" front sight, which is still intact. Bore shows rifling but also wear, and does have oxidation and powder fouling. Mechanically the revolver cycles well, and properly breaks open for cleaning and loading. It functions well, though can be finicky, as with any revolver of this age.
Ready to add to your collection and display!
More on the Starr Percussion Revolver:
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.
Year of Manufacture: 1864
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Single Action
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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