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.
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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