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Starr Arms Company

Name Street Town State From To
Starr Arms Company   New York New York 1850s 1867


Patent Date Remarks
     


Contract for
Navy, December 1858 500 .36 caliber double action Navy revolvers
U.S. Ornance Department, late in 1861 1250 .36 caliber double action Navy revolvers
U.S. Ornance Department, in January 1862 20000 .44 caliber double action Navy revolvers
U.S. Ornance Department, in ? 5000 .52 r.f. caliber Starr Carbines
1000 delivered by March 9, 1865
2000 delivered by April 10, 1865
2000 delivered by May 25, 1865
all sent to Wincherster (Va.) Ordnance Depot


Product
Ebanezer (Eban) Townsend Starr of Yonkers, New York patented and manufactured 3 types of percussion revolvers. Starting in 1861 and ending in 1864 United States Government purchased Star arms.

The company had factories at Binghamton and Yonkers, New York. Yonkers had been realized in 1861 in order to produce carbines.

.36 caliber percussion, Model 1858 or Starr Arms Company 1858 Double Action Revolver, 6 shot double action Navy revolver, 6" barrel, marked on the right site of the frame
STAR ARMS CO NEW YORK
and on the left side
STARR'S PATENT JAN 15 1856
manufactured from 1858 - 1862 at Binghamton, approximately 3,000 made of which about 2,000 or 2,250 were aquired by the Navy. Inspection was made by John Taylor (J.T.) but only view were marked wich his initials on the left grip.

.44 caliber percussion, named as the .36 caliber model, Model 1858 or Starr Arms Company 1858 Double Action Revolver, 6 shot double action Army revolver, 6" barrel, marked on the right site of the frame
STAR ARMS CO NEW YORK
and on the left side
STARR'S PATENT JAN 15 1856
manufactured from 1862 - 1863 at Binghamton, approximately 23,000 made of which about 21,000 were directly sold to the Army. The most of them were inspected by R.H.K. Whiteley and bear his mark on the left grip.
Model 1858 .44 caliber

Model 1858 .44 caliber, number 22187 sold for $1,295.00 in 2004

In 1863 the U.S. Ordinance Dept. urged the Starr Arms Company to replace the double action revolver with a cheaper, single action model. This leads to

Model 1863 .44 calibeer percussion, 6 shot single action Army revolver, 8" barrel, manufactured from 1863 - 1865 at Yonkers, approximatelx 32,000 made, of which 30,000 where baught by the Government (25,00 of them directly by the Army), serial number continiued with the single action model and highest number reported is reported at #55,392.

Thanks to Rainer for the following pictures
#32409 white and #43545 blued
The white #32409 is original. The blued #43545 has the barrel, loading lever and the grip replaced. The frame was broken and repared. Probably the cylinder was also replaced.
same right side front
same, left behind
same, left side
#43545, left side
#43545, right side
#32409, left side with relict of a Star revolver

Total purchase ot U.S. Government during the Civil War was 47.952 revolvers of all three models.

.32 r.f. caliber 4 shot derringer, made in six variations, appoximatele 2,000 made
4th model, left side
4th model, right side
.41 r.f. caliber single shot derringer, approximatele 800 made

Carbines

.54 percussion caliber, breechloader, single shot carbine, 21" round barrel, sling ring on left side of the breech,
lock marked: STARR ARMS Co/YONKERS, N.Y.
on barrel: STARR ARMS Co YONKERS, N.Y.
on breech: STARR'S PATENT/SEPT. 14th 1858
production was 20,601. In goverment test the Starr rated better than the Sharps.
Starrs were issued for service in the West, and were used by US cavalery regiments 1st Arkansas (marked 1(ARK), 5th Kansas, 11th Missouri, 24th N.Y.

right side of carbine no 5745, sold for $2,150.00 in 2004

.52 r.f. caliber, breechloader, single shot carbine, 21" round barrel, markings as the percussion model, serial numer continued from those carbines, production was 5,002, the first 1000 were delivered to the Winchester (Va.) Ordnance Depot by March 9, 1865, additional 2000 were received by April 10th and the balance by May 25, 1865.