The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War (pre 1898) weapons.

Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War weapons.
Starr carbines.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

All weapons listed on this webpage are strictly manufactured before 1898, and are considered unsafe for actual use.  These are antique collectible weapons of the Civil War (most are pre 1865, unless I state otherwise) and actual firing of these weapons is not recommended for any purpose whatsoever!  Because these are all "pre 1898" weapons, no licenses are required for ownership, but common sense and good judgment should be applied.

Single shot percussion carbine, Starr, .54cal.

Carbine was manufactured by Starr Arms Co., Yonkers, New York, this weapon actually tested better than Sharps but was only bought in limited quantity, about 20,600 were manufactured 1862 to 1865.  The Starr is breech loading percussion, utilizing a paper cartridge, the chamber is loaded by lowering a lever on the underside secured by a hinged latch.  Standard features include brass buttplate with squared tang, iron loading lever doubles as a trigger guard, single brass band, single leaf hinged sight, saddle ring on left side is attached to a small hook, 5 lands and groove rifling.  Marks on top of barrel "STARR ARMS CO. YONKERS N.Y.".  Mark on rear of breech "STARR'S PATENT. / SEPT. 14th 1858."  Mark on lock "STARR ARMS CO. / YONKERS, N.Y."  Serial number is visible when the loading lever is extended.  Cartouches on the wood on the left side indicate government inspection, additional inspector mark on lock, and barrel.  Barrel measures 21in.
Ref: Flayderman  9B-098.

W0778     Single shot percussion carbine, Starr, .54cal. (#559)
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W1076     Single shot percussion carbine, Starr, .54 cal. (#4432)

W0536     Single shot percussion carbine, Starr, .54cal. (#6781)

W0582     Single shot percussion carbine, Starr, .54cal. (#11722)

W1077     Single shot percussion carbine, Starr, .54 cal. (#15680)