US/CS 3 INCH CANISTER BALL FROM THE FROM THE SHIELDS MUSEUM COLLECTION OF GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 173-2974A

Iron canister ball found on the battlefield at Gettysburg; this item was once part of the historic Shields Museum which was located on the First Day’s Battlefield, west of town. Item is accompanied by a copy of an original museum tag shown in the photographs above which reads, “IRON SHOT, GETTYSBURG, PA.”

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.  Offering over 600 lots “comprised mostly of Gettysburg battlefield pick-up relics,” the auction attracted several hundred Civil War collectors, dealers, and museum buyers. [ws]

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