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Antique Starr 1858 Army Conversion Revolver

Currency:USD Category:Firearms & Military Start Price:350.00 USD Estimated At:NA
Antique Starr 1858 Army Conversion Revolver
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Antique Starr Model 1858 Double Action Army Cartridge Conversion Revolver, #12309, approx. 12mm/.46 CF cal., 6'' round barrel retains hinged loading lever below, marked with Belgian ''(crown)/R'' and ''(star)'' over conjoined ''AR''(?) proof marks at right breech; undecorated 5-shot round cylinder was apparently new-mfg'd for conversion, has same proof marks plus a ''(crown)/ELG(star)'' oval Liege mark; solid frame is marked ''Starr Arms Co. New York'' at left, and on right ''Starr's Patent Jan. 15, 1856,'' two conjoined ''AR'' marks and large threaded thru-bolt at recoil shield, the latter being added at time of conversion, has ser. no. and proof mark at front, integral ''saw-handle'' backstrap and separate loop trigger guard, one-piece hardwood grips with rivet at top. Originally mfg'd ca. 1860s, with full-blued finish but for case hardened lever, hammer and trigger. Conversion is arsenal quality work. Condition is very good as period altered, retaining approx. 80% dull military-style blue with scattered light frosting, hammer and trigger with good case colors. Grips were replaced when altered, have vacant hole at bottom, likely for lanyard ring. Action is strong and smooth; bore is brilliant with sharp rifling. Est.: $700-$900. (Antique)(John Ackerman collection)