PATTERN 1839 US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE FROM THE GETTYSBURG SHIELDS MUSEUM COLLECTION

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Item Code: 1054-1685

Oval plate with prominent “US” at center. Face has a rusted dark patina throughout. Small piece of edge missing at the 8 o’clock position. Perhaps a 0.75 inch long but this does not touch the letters at center.

Reverse has 95% of the lead fill and only the remains of the iron attachment hooks.

Glued to the back of the plate is a typed label 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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