Original U.S. Civil War Starr Arms M1858 .44 Double Action Army Percussion Revolver - Serial 582
Original Item. One Only. This is a very good condition Civil War Star Arms Model 1858 Double Action Army Percussion revolver bearing the serial number of 582, indicating production in early 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 582 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 really nice example!
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 is a nicely worn blue finish, faded to plum in areas, worn on the corners as is usually seen. There is some light corrosion on the loading rammer, and also powder burn on the hammer area. It also has a few scratches and dings, as expected on a service used revolver. The grip is in good service worn condition, with some marks on the end from being used to strike things. There is also a missing chunk on the upper rear right, and a repair on the upper rear left.
The barrel still has the correct "blade" front sight in the dovetail, which is still intact with light wear. The bore shows clear lands and grooves, but also areas of oxidation and fouling, with a partly bright finish. The cylinder still has all 6 original nipples, some of which are damaged, and all are currently plugged with what looks to be dirt and/or grease. The revolver cycles well, though as with all Civil War era double action revolvers, a strong trigger pull is needed.
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: early 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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