Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1169: Civil War U.S. Starr Arms Co. Model 1863 Single Action Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Civil War U.S. Martially Marked Starr Arms Co. Model 1863 Single Action Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Civil War U.S. Martially Marked Starr Arms Co. Model 1863 Single Action Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Starr Arms Company
Model: 1863
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Item Views: 410
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 127
Class: Antique

This Single Action Model 1863 percussion revolver was manufactured by the Starr Arms Co. of New York, New York, as part of a 25,000 gun contract with the Ordnance Department during the Civil War. Although the Starr Single Action revolvers were delivered to the Ordnance Department throughout 1864, the revolvers were issued in limited numbers during the Civil War. "STARR'S PATENT JAN. 15, 1856." roll-stamped on the right side of the frame and "STARR.ARMS.Co.NEW.YORK." roll-stamped on the left side. Matching serial number "37954" visible on the front of the frame below the loading lever, inside of the hammer well, left side of both grip straps, and top surface of the one-piece walnut grip. The cylinder is numbered "37767". Single, block letter "M" and "C" Ordnance sub-inspection marks are stamped on most components. Boxed script inspection cartouches are visible on both sides of the grip.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 30% of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a plum-brown patina and a few scattered patches of light surface pitting, primarily on the bottom of the barrel. The grips are also very good with some scattered minor dings, a series of moderate dings on the butt, and slightly softened cartouches. Mechanically excellent.

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