CIVIL WAR Antique STARR Cartridge CAVALRY Carbine
1 of Only 5,002 Delivered to Union Prior to End of War 1865
Here we present an antique Starr Arms Co. Saddle Ring Carbine, made circa 1865 in Yonkers, New York. Only 5,002 of this later rimfire cartridge variant were ordered by the U.S. government and delivered before the American Civil War’s end in 1865. That order followed up on the success of the earlier percussion variant, of which 20,601 were ordered by the Union during the war. The style and function certainly reflect the more popular Sharps rifle and carbine, but utilized the cartridge of the Spencer, the .56-50.
According to Holt Bodinson, the 12th Pennsylvania Cavalry received many of these new cartridge carbines in the Spring of 1865. Many others of those 5,002 were likely never used in battle as the war officially ended that May. Overall, Eben T. Starr’s firearm designs made him quite successful during the Civil War, having provided the 3rd most .44 caliber revolvers and the 5th most carbines for the Union. In a conflict with so many different designs and cartridges in use at the same time, it is easy to overlook the Starr. The top of the barrel and the lock are marked “STARR ARMS CO. YOUNKERS, N.Y.”
The overall condition is fine. This carbine has been excellently refinished. The blue finish is virtually complete. The case colors are vibrant. The markings are clear. The walnut stock is in fantastic shape. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent. Here is a superior example of a scarce Civil War carbine!
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Barrel is 21 inches.
Caliber: .56-50 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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