Original U.S. Civil War Starr Arms M1858 .44 Double Action Army Percussion Revolver - Serial 12812
Original Item. One Only. This is an excellent condition Civil War Star Arms Model 1858 Double Action Army Percussion revolver bearing the serial number of 12812, indicating production in mid-late 1862. This revolver was part of a production run of around 21,500 revolvers, delivered to the U.S. Army 1862-1863. After this, starting at serial number 23,000, they moved to the requested Single Action Model of 1863, which cost HALF of what the earlier model did. This model also replaced the 6 inch barrel with a longer 8 inch barrel.
All of the variations of the Starr Revolver carried six cartridges in the chambers. Our example has the serial number 12812 on the trigger guard under the grip, the rear grip support, the barrel frame, the cylinder, the end of the grip, and even on the frame under the hammer. We would definitely consider this an "ALL MATCHING" revolver, and it's a great one.
Other Markings include-
- STARR ARMS, Co. NEW YORK found on left side of frame.
- STARR PATENT JAN 16, 1856 found on right side of frame.
The finish on this Starr is one of the better ones we have seen, with a lovely worn blue patina, with speckled staining in areas, as shown. Some more protected areas still have the full finish. The screw on the back of the cylinder and retaining the mainspring have almost all of their original blue. The grip is in great shape, and has faded cartouches on BOTH sides!
The barrel still has the correct "blade" front sight in the dovetail, which is still intact with light wear. The bore is honestly the best we have seen on a star, fully bright with crisp lands and grooves, with cutting marks still visible in the grooves! The cylinder still has all 6 original nipples, which are still clear. This revolver definitely was not fired much during the war.
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: mid-late 1862
Ammunition Type: Cap and Ball
Barrel Length: 6 inches
Overall Length: 12 inches
Action: Double Action Only
Feed System: 6 Shot Revolver
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