U.S. 3.67-INCH HOTCHKISS CANISTER FOR A 20 POUNDER - GETTYSBURG / GEISELMAN COLLECTION

$2,250.00 SOLD
Originally $3,250.00

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Item Code: R10878

This item is a nice, original, unfired U.S. canister round for a 3.67-Inch 20 Pounder. This canister would have been fired from Captain Elijah D. Taft's 5th New York Independent Battery, the only 20-pounder Parrott battery present at Gettysburg during the three days in Evergreen Cemetery. This canister is full normally with iron or lead balls packed in sawdust. In less than new condition with some light pitting and rust, it was recovered in relic condition at an unknown location on the Gettysburg Battlefield. It measures 8 inches tall and approximately 3.5 inches in diameter. This canister weighs approximately 8 pounds and has a tin outer shell (can). The top of the canister has crimped edges over an iron plate, as you would normally expect. The top is rusty and the crimping is failing but still containing the contents. The canister still has some original gray paint and has a lot of shallow dents. The can seam is mostly secure but failing new the top; the contents are still intact. The bottom lead base is intact but has a heavy tear and "HOTCHKISS 3 4/10 IN JAN'Y 7 1862 PATENT" is impressed in bold letters. This item has not been cleaned or otherwise fussed with. Designed to be fired at close range at personnel targets, canisters were not usually made rigid (e.g., light tin-plate casing, as here) so that they didn't take to the gun's rifling. This is a wonderful canister and it would make an attractive display piece for an artillery, Civil War, or Gettysburg collection. This piece was 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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