EXCAVATED CONDITION, CIVILIAN STYLE, RIFLE BARREL BREECH PLUG WITH TRIGGER PLATE - GETTYSBURG / GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: R11475

A most unusual excavated artifact from the Battle of Gettysburg is this civilian style rifle / musket iron breech plug with a portion of a trigger plate attached. Found on the William Cromer Homestead along Rock Creek in Gettysburg, this grouping of three individual pieces is in relic condition and consists of a 2 3/8" long, iron breech plug, a 2 7/8" long, iron trigger plate and a long breech screw that connects them. Entire relic exhibits a moderate coating of rust and dirt that has accumulated on its surface. Found on the east side of Gettysburg along Rock Creek on the William Cromer Homestead, this artifact is identified in John Geiselman's collection by his museum listing.

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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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