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Lot 1192: Civil War Starr Arms Co. Model 1858 Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Exceptionally Fine Civil War Starr Arms Co. Model 1858 Double Action Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Exceptionally Fine Civil War Starr Arms Co. Model 1858 Double Action Revolver

Manufacturer: Starr Arms Company
Model: 1858
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 percussion
Barrel: 6 Inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 329
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 87
Class: Antique

Model 1858 double action percussion revolver manufactured by Starr Arms Co. c. 1862. The revolver has a high polish blue finish on the barrel, frame, six-shot cylinder, and trigger guard. The loading lever and hammer have a color casehardened finish. The one-piece walnut grip is oil finished. The round barrel has a dovetail mounted half-moon front sight. A groove in the hammer serves as the rear sight. The right side of the frame is roll-stamped "STARR'S PATENT JAN 15. 1856.," and the left side of the frame is roll-stamped "STARR ARMS Co. NEW.YORK". The serial number "8650" is stamped on the front of the frame, side of the cylinder and inside of the hammer well. All of the serial numbers match. "H" and "W" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on the barrel, cylinder, side plate, and trigger guard. An Ordnance final inspection mark that consists of four script initials inside an oval border is stamped on the lower left side of the grip, and a sub-inspection mark of consisting of the script initials "BH" in a rectangle with rounded ends is stamped on the lower right side of the grip. The Starr Arms Co. delivered 16,100 Model 1858 DA revolvers to the Ordnance Department between January 1862 and May 1863.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The revolver appears to be as issued and un-fired and shows only storage wear, with 85% plus of the bright original high polish blue finish overall. The revolver has dark patches of flaking on the barrel and cylinder. There are scattered spots of surface rust on the barrel, frame, cylinder and loading lever. The flaking appears to be the result of surface preparation during manufacture and the surface rust is the result of storage. There is no flash pitting on the rear face of the cylinder or percussion nipples. The hammer and lever have vivid case colors. The one piece walnut grip remains in excellent condition with near perfect Ordnance final inspection and sub-inspection marks. This is an exceptional, original example of an important martially inspected Civil War percussion revolver.

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