U.S. 4.52” 12-POUND SPHERICAL SHELL FOUND AT PITZER’S WOODS, GETTYSBURG – DAVID PLANK COLLECTION – GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: 851-03

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This original 12-pound spherical shell, type which used the bormann fuse (missing) as is the underplug.  The round fuse opening still has threads visible.  Would need a really good cleaning to get a fuse to fit.  This projectile once part of the David Plank Collection is identified by John Geiselman’s contemporary inscribed labels. Originally sold as item R11274.

The individual who purchased this item varnished and lightly cleaned the shell, and applied white paint indicating its location of recovery. Below you will find photographs of the shell in its current state, and photographs of it in the never cleaned condition in which it was originally sold by us. If interested, we can have the paint removed and the shell restored more to a relic look. This would involve a fee of a minimum of $50.00.

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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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