Civil War, U.S. Martially inspected Starr Model 1858 double action percussion revolver s/n 18615 manufactured circa 1858-1861 with six inch round barrel, blued finish and one-piece walnut grips.
The address on the left side of the frame reads: “STARR. ARMS. CO. NEW. YORK.” and on the right side of the frame: “STARRS PATENT JAN. 15. 1856.” Most component parts have single letter inspection marks. Matching serial number 18615 visible on the front of the frame below the loading lever, underside of the barrel, inside of the hammer well, on the cylinder, left side of the front grip strap, underside of the rear grip strap and top surface of the one-piece walnut grip. The inspection cartouche “CSL” (Charles S. Lowell) stamped on both sides of the grip with the inspection cartouche “JSD” (James S. Dudley) marked on the right upper side of the grip.
Overall in fine condition with 60% plus original blue finish concentrated on the frame and cylinder with smooth brown and grey patina on the balance, scattered patches of moderate pitting on the barrel, scattered light surface pitting and sharp markings in the metal. Strong case colours to the hammer and loading lever. The grip is very fine with attractive original raised grain and rich oil finish. Some scattered light scratches and dings and crisp cartouches. The loss of finish on the barrel is probably due to holster wear. Mechanically fine and in good working order.