CIVIL WAR Antique STARR Model 1858 ARMY Revolver
U.S. Contract Double Action Cavalry Revolver
Here we present an antique Starr Arms Company Model 1858 Double Action Army Revolver, made circa 1861 in New York. Though not nearly as many of these were made as the Colt 1860s or Remington 1858s, the Starr represents probably the third-most issued revolver during the American Civil War. Requiring all manner of firearms during the Civil War, the U.S. government commissioned the Starr Arms Company to produce a Single Action version of its Double Action revolver. Both versions were eventually taken on by the North with at least 47,454 produced in all. This gun would have been used most widely by cavalrymen. It differed tremendously from the other revolvers in its class by being double actioned. The large, curved trigger cocked the hammer and revolved the cylinder, and, at the end of travel, tripped the trigger at the back of the trigger guard, firing the revolver.
Ironically, despite being ahead of its time, the Starr Model 1858 Double Action Revolver was sidelined when the U.S. government asked for a revised single action version for the troops, which culminated in the Starr Model 1863 Single Action Revolver. Eben T. Starr, the inventor, was also responsible for the Starr Cavalry Carbine, which was also purchased by the Union during the war.
This Starr Double Action Army is marked “STARR. ARMS. Co. NEW. YORK.” on the left side of the frame. The right is marked “STARR’S PATENT JAN. 15. 1856”.
The overall condition is very good. The steel has a gray patina. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The walnut grip still shows two good cartouches, one on either side. The bore is shiny bright with sharp rifling. The action is strong.
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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