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    Starr Arms Carbine from the Civil War and the West: Captain James Henry Tempest. The .52 caliber rimfire Starr carbine was made in a limited supply for the Union Army by Eben T. Starr of Yonkers, New York. Starr Carbine total production was 5,002. The first 1000 of these were delivered by March 9, 1865 and were those that were issued to the Winchester, (Virginia) ordnance depot at the end of the month. The short-lived Starr company went out of business in 1867. Captain James Henry Tempest, an Army captain who fought in the Indian War campaigns throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho took this rifle home with him where it has descended through his family to us today. The story of his service is made more remarkable due to his family relationship to a noted figure in Civil War history.

    Captain Tempest's daughter married Lewis Norman Ellsworth, the nephew of Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Colonel Ellsworth was shot by an innkeeper as he hauled down a Confederate flag still flying over a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia at the very start of the war. This rifle was passed down through Lewis Norman Ellsworth's family to his grandson Colonel Steve Ellsworth who has made it available for this sale.

    While scarce in itself, the story of the association with Colonel Ellsworth of Civil War fame makes this .52 caliber rimfire even more attractive. At 37" in length, it was the perfect saddle gun equipped with a saddle ring, metal butt plate and locking lever at the trigger guard. Considering its record of usage, this gun is in very good condition with the lever action working perfectly. The wood stock and forearm, again while showing wear, have no chips missing and have scratches and wear appropriate for the use in the Civil War and Indian Wars. Serial numbered "33362", the maker's name appears at the breech as follows: "Starr's Patent, Sept. 14th 1858".

    This carbine has a great history and is a rare find. It functions perfectly and was fired by the current owner's grandfather for many years as he told the story of his famous relative during the Civil War and his direct descendant from the Indian Wars. It will make a great addition to a Civil War/ Indian War collection.

    Provenance:
    The Ellsworth Family Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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