C.S. 3" SMOOTH READ SHELL FOUND IN GETTYSBURG - GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: R10951

This example of artillery shell is classified as a Confederate 3”, smooth, long Read percussion shell made for a ten-pound Parrott Rifle (2.9”caliber). Once part of the Johnson Collection in McKnightstown, PA, this fired projectile was found sometime after the Battle of Gettysburg.  The cylindrical shell is complete with its copper CS variant time fuse adapter in very good condition with a slight crack at one spanner hole and the flange slightly peened over.  Never cleaned, the iron body exterior wears a moderate layer of rust and has some surface dirt.  Lathe dog still intact.   Early design of this type Read was poor and when fired, it was prone to have its sabot top expand into the shell and ‘chip off’ large chunks of shell base as visible on this specimen.   Complete, high-convex, brass sabot remains secured at the base.  Lands and grooves visible on the sabot band.  Length: 9.5”; diameter: 2.95”, weight 10 pounds.  This CS Read shell from McKnightstown 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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