U.S. 3” COMPLETE PARROTT SHELL RECOVERED FROM HUNTERSTOWN NEAR GETTYSBURG - GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Here is a very desirable, Federal 3” Parrott artillery projectile that was recovered from a backyard garden in Hunterstown soon after the Battle of Gettysburg. This fine artillery projectile, complete with its brass fuse adapter and iron sabot, penetrated the house of Hunterstown resident S. Brown at Carnish and was later found intact in his garden. The original brass Schenkl percussion fuse adapter still has its anvil cap set in the firing position.  Fuse adapter flange has a chip removed from it but the partial Schenkl maker’s stamping on the flange is clear and reads “J.P._____ / PAT. OCT. 16, 1861”.

Designed by Robert P. Parrott in August 1861, the shell was used with the 10-pounder Parrott rifle of 2.9” caliber.   Shell measures 8.5” long, has a diameter of 2.86” and weighs almost 9 pounds.  This example is in very good condition and wears a rich, dark brown patina overall. Shell, in fine condition, has been cleaned and deactivated and exhibits just light surface rust pitting with little surface dirt. Here is a wonderful representative projectile, with a history of its own, from the Battle of Hunterstown near Gettysburg. John Geiselman’s museum listing identifies this artillery specimen in his collection.

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The Horse Soldier is pleased to offer a number of items from the John P. Geiselman collection, a collection that was on display for many years at the Geiselman Country Store Museum on Barlow - Two Taverns Road. Geiselman began his collecting as a child in the early 1920s, and during the pre-World II period had access to artifacts that had been purchased earlier at the estate sales of the Trostle, Rogers, Rose, Weikert, and Wentz farms - local properties that figured prominently in the battle and its aftermath. During this period he had access as well to the Hill , Plank, and Stewart collections, and was able to acquire other items that had been sold from turn-of-the-century relics establishments such as the Danner, Ziegler, and Oak Ridge Museums. Furthermore, Geiselman carefully documented most artifacts, and collectors perusing the list will be able to note, in many instances, not only the source of the relic and the date of its recovery, but also the part of the battlefield from which it came. In other words, his collection is the last major grouping of Gettysburg artifacts assembled and documented by a local resident.

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