U.S. 3" SCHENKL PERCUSSION SHELL - GETTYSBURG /GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: R11696

This Federal, intact Schenkl percussion shell specimen is in wonderful relic condition. Once part of the Bush Horner Collection, this round appears to have been picked up from the Gettysburg battlefield within a few days of the battle. This caliber shell measures 9" long, has a diameter of 2.94"and was the most used of any Schenkl pattern projectile. Shell is missing its brass Schenkl time fuse in the nose and wears an old mottled coat of silver paint overall. Has seven raised vertical ribs on the conical tail. Surface exhibits very slight rust discoloration only. This 3.5 pound shell picked up on the Gettysburg battlefield is identified on John Geiselman's 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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