ArchiveArchive of 17 items relating to the first U.S. official sword and arms maker, Nathan Starr. Archive includes 15 handwritten letters and 1 promissory note surrounding the prestigious family business of Nathan Starr Jr., son of the famed sword and arms maker, Nathan Starr. Nathan Starr Sr. received the federal government's first-ever contract for sword production during the War of 1812. By the end of the war, Starr and his son Nathan Jr. had firmly established themselves as one of the foremost arms manufacturers in the United States. They produced not only forged steel swords, sabers, and cutlasses, but muskets and rifles as well. This handwritten archive has 16 items, dated 1841 and 1842. Lengths range from 1-4 pages and are about 8" x 10." Stamped from New York. 8 letters are from Nathan Starr Jr. of New York, 5 are from Samuel G. Starr of New York, and two are from C. Walton of New York and J. H. James of Urbana, respectively. There is a promissory note for F. S. Wildman by S. G. Starr, possibly dated to 1839. All the letters are addressed to Nathan Jr's brother-in-law, Frederick Seymour Wildman of CT. While the letters mostly pertain to land and stock transactions, there are some references to family matters, such as the death of a child. The 15 letters come with a first edition book titled: Nathan Starr Arms Maker 1776-1845. Written by Major James E. Hicks in 1940, the book includes an abstract of deliveries of contract weapons and several full-page illustrations of the arms. It has a personalized inscription by the author. Letters have light soiling but overall this archive is in very good condition.