FINE CONDITION U.S. CAVALRY INSIGNIA, GETTYSBURG – GEISELMAN COLLECTION

$450.00 SOLD

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Item Code: 942-09

Very shortly after the battle, this Federal cavalry insignia device was recovered from an undisclosed location on the Gettysburg battlefield. The rolled, thin, sheet-brass artifact, once part of the Minnick Collection, is an insignia device that depicts a pair of crossed cavalry sabers as worn on the crown of a trooper’s kepi or forge cap. Device, in wonderful condition, exhibits a dusky bronze patina while the reverse side still retains its factory bright brass finish. There is a slight bend or light crease at the intersection of the two sabers. Remarkably, this saber badge device still has its four wire loops soldered to the backside. Artifact measures 3½” long by 1¾” high. Never cleaned. This brass insignia exhibits a pleasing patina overall. An early pickup from the Battle of Gettysburg and once part of the Minnick Collection, this cavalry cap brass insignia is identified in John Geiselman’s collection by his museum listing. Originally sold as item R11410.

10% Geiselman discount does NOT apply to this item.

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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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