J.A. DANNER GETTYSBURG DESK SET FROM RELICS RECOVERED ON LITTLE ROUND TOP

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Joel A. Danner created the first Gettysburg museum of battlefield relics named Danner's Museum. Danner's Museum was in operation from 1865-1890. The museum was located on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg not far from what is now Lincoln Square. This museum is somewhat mysterious as information about it is scarce. It is known that sometime after 1890 the collection was sold and all or most of the collection ended up in Massachusetts. Items from Danner's Museum are highly sought after by collectors and usually carry a significant price tag. It is also known that the Rosensteel family did attempt to locate and purchase the collection in Massachusetts. However the family was only able to locate and obtain part of the collection. At some point the collection must have been broken up and pieces of the collection filtered out to the public through auctions, etc. Many of the items that had been in Danner's Museum have a distinctive number painted on the relic or on the base that the relic sits on. This is especially the case with artillery shells from the collection that have the trademark number painted on the base, a way for Danner to catalog his collection.

Solid block of wood with a US .58 caliber Minie Ball in dropped condition, a fired CS .58 caliber Gardner Patent Minie Ball, and a small section of a US 3 inch Schenkl Shell fragment. Also with Danner’s typical four sided square inkwell with circular pewter top; top is marked “Patented June 15, 1880”. Painted in white across the front is “Little Round Top”. On the bottom in pencil is, “Mr. D.V. Houck / Gettysburg Battlefield”. Top and bottom painted in same light stain. Sides are a dark cherry stain color.  [ws]

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