CAMP AX FROM THE FIELD KITCHEN ON THE HUMMELBAUGH FARM, GETTYSBURG – GEISELMAN COLLECTION

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Item Code: 224-401

This item is a small hand camp ax most likely from a field kitchen.  With provenance to the Hummelbaugh Collection, it was found in relic condition on the Hummelbaugh Farm on the Taneytown Road in Gettysburg.  Lightly pitted this ax has seen a lot of use; the handle (6 inches long) is made of a tree branch and still as the bark intact.  The ax head measures 4 ½ inches by 2 ¾ inches; it is indented and vertically split from heavy use in the past.  The blade edge is jagged and dulled.  This piece was identified in John Geiselman’s collection by his museum listing; it has a small worn circular paper tag with John’s neatly printed inventory number “3”. Originally sold as item# R10859.   [bb]

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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