US INSPECTED Civil War Antique Starr 1858 Revolver
Double Action Percussion Revolver for Cavalry
Here we present a fine antique Starr Arms Company Model 1858 Double Action Army Revolver, made circa 1858 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. It 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 fantastic 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”. Two sharp principal inspector cartouches are stamped on either side of the grip. Single letter inspector initials can be viewed throughout. The initials “HEF” have been inscribed in the left side of the frame.
The overall condition is very good. The original blue finish is about 10%. The markings are clear and legible. The bore is in good condition, clean with strong rifling. The original walnut grips are in good condition. The action on this revolver is strong. Here is a great example of a Civil War Cavalry Revolver!
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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