Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1171: Civil War U.S. Starr Model 1858 Army Double Action Revolver

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Very Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Starr Model 1858 Army Double Action Percussion Revolver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Very Fine Civil War U.S. Martially Inspected Starr Model 1858 Army Double Action Percussion Revolver

Manufacturer: Starr Arms Company
Model: 1858
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 6 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut
Stock:
Item Views: 263
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 127
Class: Antique
Description:

The Starr Model 1858 and Model 1863 revolvers as a group were the third most widely used revolvers by the Union forces during the Civil War. Approximately 23,000 Model 1858 Army revolvers were manufactured in the late 1850s to early 1860s, with most sold to the U.S. government. The frame has the New York address on the left side and the 1856 patent date on the right. Most of the components have single letter inspection marks. Matching serial number "20969" marked on the front surface of the frame below the loading lever, underside of the barrel, inside of the hammer well, hammer, cylinder, left side of the front grip strap, and underside of the rear grip strap. "21891" stamped on the top surface of the one-piece walnut grip. Boxed script "JSD" (James S. Dudley) inspection cartouche stamped on the left of the grip at the bottom, and boxed script "RKW" inspection cartouche stamped on the upper right of the grip.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, retaining 70% plus original blue finish with scattered patches of flaking and smooth brown and gray patina on the balance, 85% vivid original case colors on the loading lever and hammer with the trigger turned to a smooth gray, and sharp markings in the metal overall. Grip is excellent with some light handling marks, a few minor nicks on the otherwise defined bottom edge and crisp cartouches. Mechanically excellent.



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