Starr Arms Civil War Breech Loading Percussion Carbine

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Starr Arms Civil War Breech Loading Percussion Carbine
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This is an example of one of approximately 20,600 percussion carbines produced by Starr Arms Company of Yonkers, New York circa 1862 to 1865. This carbine is a 54 caliber percussion, single shot with a falling block breech mechanism. The lock is marked "STARR ARMS CO. / YONKERS, N.Y." and the upper tang is marked "STARRS PATENT / SEPT. 14TH 1858" directly behind the hammer. The top of the barrel in front of the rear sight is marked "STARR ARMS CO YONKERS N.Y.", with the serial number appearing on the bottom of the barrel under the forearm and right side of the locking block. The serial number is preceded by a star and the bottom breech end of the barrel is marked with a "P", with a star on the bottom of the frame at the breech. The left side of the barrel at the breech is marked "LAB" and the left side of the rear sight base is marked with the letter "F". Fixed front and two leaf rear sights, saddle ring and staple mounted on the left rear of receiver, brass single barrel band marked with a "U" and "F" , "S" on the rear of the lower tang and the buttplate tang with an "B". Blue barrel and lower tang, with casehardened finish on the remaining parts, saddle ring and staple on the left side of the receiver and mounted with a smooth forearm, with a small "B" on the left rear and straight grip stock with two faint boxed cartouches. In government tests of the Starr carbine, it rated higher than the better known Sharps carbines. The Starr carbine was issued primarily to Union cavalry troops in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and New York.
BBL: 21 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 54 percussion
Finish: blue/casehardened
Serial Number: 5884
Condition: Good as partially refinished (stock and forearm). The metal surfaces have a smooth dark brown patina with areas of silver gray and minor pitting on the receiver. Markings on metal are legible. The wood has had a heavy coat of varnish applied some time ago and remains very good with overall scattered minor dings, dents and scratches. As noted above, the cartouches are faint. The markings are clear. Mechanically very good.