US/CS CLIPPED CORNER PLATE FROM THE GETTYSBURG SHIELDS MUSEUM COLLECTION

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Item Code: 1054-1684

Sheet brass clipped corner waist belt plate in good relic condition.

The item is solid with no cracks and only a slight waviness to it. Hardly perceptible. Face has a nice mixed patina of a rich dark to a light reddish surface rust color.

Reverse has no hooks but does have a typed paper label glued to it that reads “SHIELDS CIVIL WAR MUSEUM COLLECTION 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. [ad]

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