DOUBLE-ACTION STARR REVOLVER

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Item Code: 286-1035

The Starr Arms Company in Binghamton, NY, was the third largest supplier of revolvers to the U.S government in the Civil War. This Starr .44 caliber double action army revolver dates about January or February 1863 and rates very good for condition. The finish is gone and there is some shallow peppering forward of the cylinder (typically from firing,) but it has generally smooth metal with good edges and lettering, and grips with good color and surface showing just minor handling dings and a partially visible inspector cartouche.

The pistol is complete and all original. The metal is gray for the most part, mixing with some brown, but the loading assembly, hammer and trigger show some deeper color from case hardening. The markings are very good: serial number 10548 on the cylinder; “STARR ARMS, Co. NEW. YORK.” on the lower left frame; and “STARR’S PATENT JAN. 15, 1856” on the lower right frame. The nipples are good, not battered, and the screw slots are not chewed up. Two of the screw heads show some very thin blue. The backstrap shows wear to gray from handling. The wood has good color and surface. There is a hairline shrinkage gap from age between top of the grips and frame, some slight wear to the finish around the base and some scattered dings on the sides and butt, but we see the outline of the inspector’s cartouche on the lower right grip.

The Starr company delivered 16,100 of these .44 caliber double action revolvers on contract from January 1862 to mid-1863, and another 4,950 in May 1864 on a separate purchase agreement, for a total of 21,050. Non-governmental sales are estimated at 2,000, for a total production run of about 23,000. This one is serial number 10548, putting it about January or February 1863 by McAulay’s tables of army purchases. Records do not always distinguish between these early double-action .44 caliber Starr revolvers and their later single-action pistols, but cavalry units known to have carried Starr revolvers include the following: 1st NH; 7th Michigan; 12th NY; 2nd Ohio; 1st VT; 1st MO; 8th PA, 14th PA; 13th TN; 1st WI; 8th KY 1st CO; 16th IL; 2nd IN; and many others.

The Starr double-action is an impressive cavalry side-arm and good example of mid-1800s engineering. This one is a good example of a regulation Union cavalry trooper’s pistol made in time for many of the larger raids and battles and would add to a cavalry collection.  [sr] [ph:L]

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