CONFEDERATE SABER BLADE FROM THE FAMOUS SHIELDS MUSEUM AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: R21662

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This item was purchased directly from the Shields Museum in Gettysburg by collector Tom Bohon in the 1970’s. At that time more space was needed so the museum sold some pieces and this was one of them.

The blade is sans the hilt or scabbard. It has the typical unstopped fuller that is common to Confederate manufactured blades. The surface is dark throughout with light to moderate pitting scattered over the length of the blade. The point is chipped and the edge shows some wear. The blade is thick and heavy. The top of the tang is marked with a Roman numeral “X.”

Ott Shields amassed one of the earliest and well known collections of Gettysburg artifacts.  In 1918, he opened a private museum that featured the “Shields Collection,” one of the few documented Gettysburg collections obtained by local families (Rosensteel; Danner; Wert; Mumper; Ziegler, etc.).  The Shields Museum closed in the 1980s and the collection was sold at auction on November 16, 1985.

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