CIVILIAN STYLE BRIDLE BIT FOUND ON THE GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD - GEISELMAN COLLECTION

$125.00
Originally $225.00

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Item Code: R10856

Here is an unusual Civilian Style Bridle Bit. It was found in relic condition at an unknown location on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Lightly to moderately pitted and rusted, it measures 5 ½ inches across the bit bar and 5 ½ inches along the sides. The bit bar is firmly attached to both sides. The lower rein slot, billet eyes, port, and cheek pieces are all intact. There is no lower bar but it appears as if there never was one. The cheek pieces have interesting matched scalloped edges. The port is 1 inch high, there are no visible markings on this bit, and it has never been cleaned. This bit is not bent or deformed and could still be used today. It was identified in John Geiselman's collection by a contemporary tag and it would be a nice display piece for a Gettysburg 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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