CIVIL WAR Antique STARR Cavalry Cartridge Carbine
1 of Only 5,000 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 5,000 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 5,000 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 overall condition is very good. The barrel retains about 30% of the original blue, especially under the hand guard. The balance has an even brown patina. The markings are legible. The serial numbers match. The walnut stock shows some handling, but is in overall very good condition. The bore is sharp and clean. Rear sight is absent. The action is excellent. Here is a great example of a late Civil War carbine!
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Barrel is 21 inches.
Caliber: .52 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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